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Family Tree UK April 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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The question of how best to write our family history is one that’s right at the heart of all that we do, isn’t it – the need to trace and preserve the stories, to tell them and share them, and do our best to ensure they’re passed on to the next generations. This issue we’ve gathered together advice from an inspiring selection of ‘storytellers’, each of whom has a unique take on some of the many ways in which you can plan a project to write your own family’s history. The message that comes through loud and clear is that we all just need to make that start. It’s not as hard as we might imagine to make our dream of writing up our family history a reality, and it’ll…

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Volunteers launch Devon church graveyard database A lottery-funded project to record thousands of memorial inscriptions from headstones in a churchyard in Devon has come to fruition. A dedicated group of volunteers has spent two years deciphering the inscriptions on ancient and weathered headstones at St Mary’s Churchyard in Brixham, recording details and plotting locations for a new searchable online database. Project volunteer Nina Hannaford explained: ‘The initial remit for the Brixham St Mary’s in Devon churchyard project was to focus on Victorian memorials. As the churchyard covers nearly three acres over various plots and contains headstones from early 1700 to the present day, it quickly became obvious each plot contained burials and dates ranging over 300 years, and rarely in neat rows. ‘A decision was made to complete the huge task of recording all…

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appeal for ‘mayflower’ links to families left behind in england

Devon Family History Society (FHS) is hosting a Mayflower International Genealogical Conference this summer and wants to hear from family historians with links to the Pilgrim Fathers. The Mayflower left Plymouth for the New World in September 1620 and anyone descended in England from a Mayflower passenger’s family is invited to contribute to ‘The Families They Left Behind’ project. It is hoped a booklet will be created containing research in time for the conference on 29 August 2020 in Plymouth, part of this year’s Mayflower 400 events. Visit www.devonfhs.org.uk/mayflower_conference.pdf for details. Census bell tolls The UK’s 2021 Census could be the last, according to the national statistician, Prof Sir Ian Diamond. The BBC reported he is examining cheaper alternatives to the 10-yearly questionnaire filled in by every UK household. Full story at https://familytr.ee/2OLFH9V Ancestors in…

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family historians to help boost online military records service at top alexandra palace show

Visitors to Family Tree Live will be able to order copies of deceased relatives’ military records from 1920 onwards from the Ministry of Defence – and help develop an online service in the process. At London’s historic Alexandra Palace this 17 and 18 April, the DBS Records and Medals Office team will have the Gov.UK online application system (currently a development product) that enables ordering of and payment for the service record. To use this service applicants will need a debit/credit card to make payment, and a copy of the death certificate (unless death was in service) for the serviceman/woman whose record they seek. Applicants will be assisting the DBS Records team with their user research and as such will be asked to sign a disclaimer prior to placing an order. Applications…

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charles i execution vest to reveal city’s gory past

The silk vest worn by King Charles I when he was beheaded is to go on show in a major new exhibition exploring 700 years of public executions in London. While usually kept in restricted access in the Museum of London, the inclusion of the pale blue-green vest in the exhibition, Executions, will play a key part in exploring the capital’s uncomfortable past of public execution from 1196 to 1868. Charles I was found guilty of treason and executed outside the Banqueting House in Whitehall, London on 30 January 1649. Afterwards, his clothing was distributed to people in attendance. When the vest was presented to the Museum of London for acquisition in 1925 it came attached with a note of authentication stating it was worn by King Charles I on the day…

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Susie Douglas, the founder of Twitter’s #AncestryHour, looks at fresh ways to investigate the lives – and deaths – of your ancestors If you are looking to get closer to your ancestors now is the time to get creative! As the past has already ‘happened’ it is a rich source of information that will add real context and depth to your research. Imagining ancestors as central characters in a setting and writing a story around them will help you uncover facts and information you had perhaps not considered before. At 11am on 18 August 1910 my great-grandmother witnessed a young governess take her own life by throwing herself partially dressed into the sea at Rumbling Kern (pictured), near Howick, Northumberland. This ‘snippet’ might trigger a very simple pattern of thought along the…