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Who Do You Think You Are? Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are? November 2019

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine not only explores the stories behind the popular BBC genealogy TV series, but also helps you uncover your own roots. Each issue is packed with practical advice to help you track down family history archives and get the most out of online resources, alongside features on what life was like in the past and the historic events that affected our ancestors.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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13 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

1 min.
welcome

Ever since the much-loved event Who Do You Think You Are? Live came to an end, family historians have been looking for a replacement. That’s why I’m so excited about RootsTech coming to London, because I think it’s what we’ve all been waiting for. Celebrities, informative talks, expert one-to-ones, DNA advice and lots of special offers – what’s not to love? Come and join the fun at ExCeL on 24–26 October and, while you are there, pop by our stand and say hello. You won’t want to miss it! Meanwhile we’ve been keeping ourselves busy sourcing the best family history advice to share with you all. Whether you’re stuck on a particular line of research and need some tips to overcome your brick wall (page 16) or you’re thinking about taking…

1 min.
get in touch

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1 min.
contributors

SIMON FOWLER Simon (AKA The History Man) is a professional genealogist who has broken down more than his fair share of brick walls. Turn to page 16 to find out how he does it and pick up some tips. DEBBIE KENNETT DNA testing is changing family history, but for many of us it is rather a ‘dark art’. Luckily we have DNA expert Debbie who this month explains the benefits of Y-DNA tests (page 24). REBECCA PROBERT Rebecca is a law professor at Exeter University and author of Marriage Law for Genealogists. On page 63 she reveals the many records we can use to trace family nuptials. COVER IMAGE: GETTY IMAGES / THE PEARLY KING AND QUEEN OF FINSBURY AND THEIR CHILDREN IN A DONKEY-DRAWN CART, C1925…

2 min.
credit where it’s due

You could have a George Cross winner in your family tree and not know it. In January 1972 the British Government decided that any holders of the Edward Medal or Albert Medal who were still alive in October 1971 would now be considered to be holders of the George Cross. The Edward Medal was instituted by Royal Warrant in 1907 to reward bravery during mining and industry accidents. It was known as the Workers’ VC. Only 586 Edward Medals were ever awarded including 27 posthumous awards. None of the 223 men who lived to receive their medals between 1908 and 1914 were known to be alive in 1972, but they were not all dead. In 2012, I discovered that Percy Norwood, who was awarded the Edward Medal in 1914 and even…

7 min.
letters

COLQUHOUN IS SCOTTISH, NOT IRISH I’m just watching Kate Winslet’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, and one of her ancestors was a Colquhoun. The programme said that the name is Irish, but it’s actually Scottish (from Gaelic, hence the possible confusion). The name is from the west side of Loch Lomond. The clan were pro-government, and were massacred by the MacGregors at one point. So a British soldier would have been a natural career choice. The clan seat is Rossdhu House near Luss, now a well-known golf course. My grandparents were tenants of Sir Ivar Colquhoun and my mum was offered to get married from Rossdhu House, although she didn’t take up the offer. Moray Hamilton, by email EDITOR REPLIES: Thanks Moray. We passed on your comments to the series’ producers, who…

1 min.
who do you think you are

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