Family Tree UK

Family Tree UK May 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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2 min.
how will you spend your family history time this spring?

Whether writing, researching or reflecting on your family history, or involving fellow family members at home or over the web, sharing memories or copies of old photos… there are many enjoyable things to look forward to when doing family history from home. That’s not to forget the very difficult circumstances we face today, but to enlist the help of our favourite pastime, to get through these days and pass the time in a happier, maybe even more productive, way. It’s easy to feel a bit isolated at the moment, but family history really does help us make connections, doesn’t it, reminding us of bonds with our ancestors, and finding new kin and friends online today. We’ve got a bumper guide to online research, perfect for getting started, or dusting off your search skills…

9 min.

Rachel Bellerby reports on the latest genealogy news. Got a story to share? Email editorial@family-tree.co.uk CORONAVIRUS CLOSURES Family historians around the world are settling in for a time of home-based research as major archive and museum facilities close their doors during the Coronavirus pandemic Following government advice, museums, libraries and archives around the UK have begun to close their doors until further notice, following similar closures in mainland Europe. Jeff James, Chief Executive and Keeper of the UK National Archives, announced on 17 March: ‘In a time of national effort, it is important that we play our part: by protecting what is valuable, maintaining what is essential and by working flexibly to carry out our duties in new ways.’ All scheduled events at the Archives are cancelled until at least the end of May. On the…

15 min.
your bumper guide to online research

Few family historians envisage an end to their research. Perhaps the focus switches to another family branch or individual, but there is always scope for finding out more. All researchers take stock occasionally, consider how much has been achieved, and review the options for moving forward. Sometimes, the choices for developing your research online seem overwhelming, so here we aim to help you focus on the next steps. Organising your research Firstly, review how you organise your research findings and keep track. If you usually add search results to an online tree hosted by one of the big websites, is this always best? Remember to check the website’s terms and conditions and privacy options. Be aware that whatever information you upload may be available for the world to see and download, depending…

13 min.
getting back to the victorians & edwardians

When the future Queen Victoria was born, on 24 May 1819, at Kensington Palace, she was to be named ‘Alexandrina’. Curiously, it wasn’t even the princess’s parents who chose the name, it was the heir to the throne, the Prince Regent. The name honoured the baby’s godfather, the Tsar of Russia, Alexander I. It was only at the last moment (during the christening) that the Prince Regent threw in another name, Victoria. She’d be Alexandrina Victoria but known to her family as ‘Drina’, and to history as ‘Victoria’. The new princess was the daughter of Edward, Duke of Kent (1767-1820), the fourth son of George III, and Victoria of Saxe-Coburg (1786-1861). It looked likely that Victoria would enjoy a life of relative obscurity. George III (the mad one) was still on…

11 min.
how would our poorer ancestors have dressed?

To form a clear picture of our ancestors’ daily lives, we must consider their economic position and living conditions. Before modern state welfare provision, many people were what we might term ‘poor’, struggling to meet basic physical needs – rent, fuel, food, light and clothing. The working classes at large could encounter major fluctuations in circumstances, from relative comfort to financial distress and distinct shifts might occur over time within the same household. Typically, when there were several children to feed and clothe, and/or if the breadwinner was out of work, then families would soon become impoverished; however, at periods of full employment and/or when children left home or contributed to the household income, economic pressures might ease. Poverty was not static and ‘the poor’ were not a homogeneous group,…