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Family Tree UK March 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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Spring is in the air and Family Tree Live is fast approaching! Are you curious to find out about the genealogy treats and learning experiences we’ve got lined up for you? Turn to page 47 without further ado… Within the pages of Family Tree magazine, the bewitching world of family history never ceases to amaze me. The heart-warming (sometimes even heart-stopping) reader stories and letters that you send in; the experts’ sage advice and insights on how to find those vital ancestor clues we’re after; the huge variety of paths down which our family tree tracing can take us… Well now, at Family Tree Live 2020 (being held at Alexandra Palace in April), for two whole days you can immerse yourself in this captivating pastime. To help you plan your time, we’ve…

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Email editorial@family-tree.co.uk Hospital project seeks name search help Two researchers are appealing for help in tracing the names of thousands of people who passed through the doors of a military hospital in Hampshire during its 115-year history. Julie Green and Brenda Findlay, of Netley Abbey near Southampton, are independent researchers gathering information about the past lives and times of the Royal Victoria Military Hospital (Netley War Hospital) and its cemetery. Brenda runs the Netley Abbey Matters website at www.netleyabbeymatters.co.uk while Julie manages the Royal Victoria Hospital Netley website at www.netley-military-cemetery.co.uk and their joint current project is to collate the names of the staff, patients, civilians, family members and medical students who walked the corridors of the Royal Victoria Military Hospital during its lifetime, 1863-1978. Thus the hunt for thousands of names is on. Brenda…

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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… 1841 Census search You can search and use the 1841 Census for Pembrokeshire to find your families who lived in this beautiful, rural, coastal Welsh county. Education records Get free access to Chigwell School Register 1653-1907, digitised within the 1907 publication, Chigwell Register, together wth a Historical Account of the School by the Rev Canon Swallow. It includes details and biographies of masters, pupils, governors, prizes and other records of this independent Essex school. How to use the records 1. To access your free records simply register at TheGenealogist.co.uk/ftfree2. To activate your content for this issue,…

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dear karen

BARKING UP THE RIGHT TREE Writing this while looking out of my window at an ominously grey and gloomy sky, I’m rather in need of cheering up. Thankfully reader Amanda West has come to the rescue with a glorious find she made in the General Register Office marriage indexes that put a big smile back on my face. Amanda, from Sunbury on Thames, wrote in after spotting in the September quarter for 1855 that Henry Wooff had married Ann Barker! Not only did that give me paws for thought (whoops, a slip of the tongue/keyboard there!), but Amanda tells me the newlyweds lived in Berkshire (pronounced Barkshire, of course, for any non-Brits reading this). It really wouldn’t have surprised me if they’d come from Barking though! ‘Must have been a noisy household,’…

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is there such a thing as ancestral memory?

Have you ever visited somewhere for the first time and felt a sense of déjà vu? Perhaps you turned a corner and found that the view was, oddly, just what you expected, even though you’d never been there before. Has someone in your family taken up a hobby or an occupation way outside what family and friends expected, and then proved amazingly good at it? Many people in these circumstances have later discovered that the strangely familiar place, or the odd choice of hobby or career, is connected to a place or occupation that features in their family history. At this point, many would use words like ‘spooky’ or ‘weird’ and, 40 years ago, my reaction would probably have been the same. Since then, however, I’ve come across so many cases of…

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get the best out of the gro website

Search smarter! Since 2003, family historians have been using the General Register Office (GRO) website to order certificates online. The GRO is part of Her Majesty’s Passport Office and oversees civil registration in England and Wales. It maintains the national archive of all births, marriages and deaths dating back to 1837. The website was initially available for UK residents only, but was later opened up to international customers. Throughout this period, family historians used paper or online indexes to find the reference required to order birth, marriage and death certificates. The necessary details include full name(s), year of event, quarter of event, registration district, volume number, and page number. Searches could be made online for free at FreeBMD www.freebmd.org.uk but this site is maintained by volunteers and is not fully comprehensive. In November…