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Family Tree UK February 2020

Learn how to trace your family tree! Every issue is packed with: family history research advice hands-on learning experiences to help you become an ancestor super-sleuth & step-by-step guides to show you the path to tracing the past. From vintage documents to the latest in DNA, we’re here to help you discover more! Get the latest in genealogy news, software, books, archives and expert answers. Plus enjoy those reader stories that remind what it means to trace your family story. Research & remember your roots with Family Tree!

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As family history fans, new or long-standing, we all share one thing in common: that desire to enlist all sorts of resources on our quest to make new discoveries, and to piece together the treasured stories of our kin…. On our mission to trace our families and learn about our ancestors’ lives we family history sleuths scour the web. We read long, long into the night, delve into archival treasures, plan genealogy road trips, grapple with new software and with old handwriting – and of course now there’s DNA to explore too… DNA has become such a mainstream topic, and its use is going to have such far-reaching implications for each and every one of our lives, that the more we can educate ourselves about DNA the better. So, this issue – to…

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Email editorial@family-tree.co.uk ‘War Detectives’ appeal to trace kin of WW1 soldier A small group known as the ‘MOD War Detectives’ is appealing for help in tracing the relatives of a Northumberland soldier killed during the First World War in a bid to identify his remains and provide a military burial. Officially called the Ministry of Defence Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) Commemorations team, the MOD War Detectives investigate the discovery of the remains of British soldiers, sailors and airmen on former battlefields worldwide, from WW1 onwards. The team combines military history research with genealogy skills to try to identify casualties and trace living relatives, in the hope they will provide DNA for comparison. The ‘Detectives’ identify and rename the graves of those who were buried as ‘unknown’, and arrange funeral services with…

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movers & shakers

The festivities are over and here we are not only in a new year, but at the start of a new decade! With the release of the 1921 Census almost within sight and many other records emerging from their 100-year closure period, it seems appropriate to speculate on what we may discover about the lives of our ancestors during the 1920s. The ‘Roaring Twenties’ began with a post-war boom that saw radical changes in the economic, social and political landscape. Primary education was now free and the school leaving age was raised to 14. The Labour Party formed its first Government in 1924. Women threw their corsets away, dresses had dropped waists and raised hemlines as a symbol of their new found freedom – think ‘Coco’ Chanel, inventor of the enduring…

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your free records

At Family Tree we’ve teamed up with UK family history website TheGenealogist.co.uk to offer you selected free sources from its extensive online collections. Read on to learn about the census and other genealogy records you can search today for free… 1901 Census search Search for your ancestors in the Isle of Man in the 1901 Census. Will records Get free access to the Suffolk Calendar of Wills 1383-1604. Browse or search this digitised copy of A Calendar of Wills relating to the County of Suffolk Proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury Between 1383 and 1604, which was published in 1913. Details appear under alphabetically listed parish, plus there is a section on Suffolk wills that do mention parishes, as well as those in nearby counties. How to use the records 1. To access your free…

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Y-chromosome Y-DNA testing has a number of advantages and disadvantages, but unfortunately has become rather overshadowed in the last few years by the huge surge in autosomal DNA (atDNA) testing. The Y chromosome is only carried and passed on by males, which makes it very useful in researching specific surnames. Since mutations in Y-DNA are more frequent than those in mtDNA, some of these can act as markers to distinguish the branching of families. The other major advantage is that the Y chromosome is passed down the male line almost intact, giving it an advantage over atDNA in terms of the length of time for which it is genetically significant. In theory, unbroken male lines can be traced for hundreds or even thousands of years back in time, while atDNA can only…

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which test is right for you?

After deciding to take a test, the most important question to answer is ‘what are my goals?’ as this will determine which test you should take. Do you want to: • Verify your family tree?• Break a brick wall?• Identify a mystery ancestor?• Connect with new cousins?• Discover your ethnic make-up? Perhaps you are simply curious and have no specific goal in mind: I call this ‘fishing trip testing’. Autosomal DNA tests are best not only for ‘fishing trips’ but all of the previous questions posed unless they concern more distant ancestry as five to seven generations is the acknowledged limit of autosomal reach. Autosomal tests are the most popular and widely-taken tests as they are the all-rounder of the DNA testing world and can cover all your ancestral lines. For this…