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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are? December 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.

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Christmas is nearly upon us and family history can sometimes take a back seat to wrapping presents and stuffing the turkey. However, there are many advantages to the season for family historians. If you send cards (electronic or paper) to relatives, why not share some of your research with them? If you are visiting family members, why not look through old family photographs together (and write in soft pencil on the back who is who)? On page 16 Nick Peers looks at ways of recording for posterity family stories that are in danger of being forgotten by the next generation. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for years, and Nick’s advice has really inspired me. We would love to hear if it inspires you, too! As always, we’ve also got…

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be an insider

We want to know what you think. After all, the more we know about you, the better placed we are to bring you the best magazine possible. So we would like to invite you to join our online reader panel: ‘Insiders’.Interested? Log on to www.immediateinsiders.com/register to fill out the short registration survey and we’ll be in touch from time to time to ask for your opinions on the magazine and other relevant issues. We look forward to hearing from you soon. COVER IMAGE: GETTY IMAGES / A MOTHER FROM BRISTOL TRANSPORTS HER CHILDREN AND CHRISTMAS SHOPPING HOME IN A WHEELBARROW, 14 DECEMBER 1935…

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NICK PEERS A regular contributor to the magazine, technology journalist Nick Peers takes a look at how we can capture family memories for future generations to enjoy on page 16. MARGARET HAIG Margaret is head of copyright operations at the Intellectual Property Office. A keen family historian herself, she explains copyright law and how it applies to genealogy on page 22. NICOLA MORRIS Nicola is an Irish genealogist who has worked and appeared on WDYTYA? episodes with Julie Walters, Paul Merton, Jeremy Irons and Graham Norton, among others (page 26).…

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diary dilemma

I was very interested in the ‘Reader Review’ article in your November issue, featuring Diary 1944: A Return Ticket to the Past by Carla van Beers, describing a transcribed English diary from 1944 that the author found in a secondhand shop in the Netherlands. I have in my possession a diary from 1937, which I bought at a car-boot sale in 2011 for £2. Every page is filled with the diarist’s daily activities, mostly taking place in the Wirral but including car journeys around the UK and a 14-day cruise from Liverpool, and weather statistics for each day. There is slightly less intrigue with mine regarding finding out the diarist’s identity, as the front pages contain his name and address and even glued-in photographs of his house, “Pop” and “Mother”, together…

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Email wdytyaeditorial@immediate.co.uk Write to WDYTYA? Magazine, Eagle House, Colston Avenue, Bristol BS1 4ST DNA SUCCESS Thank you so much for the AncestryDNA kit that I won as a prize for my letter published in January 2019. I must admit to having been rather sceptical, but the ethnicity areas were incredibly accurate in England alone. Furthermore, I opted to go on the list for DNA matching and I emailed numerous people. I knew that my mother’s aunts had emigrated to the USA and their grandchildren appeared – giving me an opportunity to exchange photos etc with them. I have also been contacted by another of my mother’s family who emigrated to Canada, and will send her information as she has none. I had a link to my paternal grandfather’s cousin who emigrated to Australia, and have…