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Family Tree UK August 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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charting your family history through time…

‘You can’t use an old map to explore a new world,’ so said Albert Einstein – and this seems a very timely thought for 2020, when we’re all wondering where our lives are headed next and what shape our new futures will take. However, an old map is just what you do need to explore an old world – and we hope you’re going to relish diving into our guide to maps for family history this month. To me family history has never been more important than it is right now. Pinpointing exactly why any one of us enjoys family history is a tricky thing to do, yet the quest to find our roots is sure to be a shared motive. Recent events in the news – notably the Colston statue…

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FIRST FAMILY TREE ACADEMY WEEKEND in association with FamilySearch The first Family Tree Academy: Weekend Conference, in association with FamilySearch, will be taking place online 24 to 26 July 2020. The free web-based live family history learning experience will comprise video guides, discussion panels, and downloadable handouts. The team of presenters from FamilySearch will take delegates through topics aimed to help people both new to family history and those already with some years of experience. Presentation topics will include: getting started with family history, learning how to use FamilySearch (the world’s largest free family history website), the importance of preserving memories, caring for your digital family history records, and ways to keep your family history organised. Turn to page 6 for the full programme. The presentations will be aired live online and you will…

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archaeologists discover what is possibly london’s oldest playhouse

The remains of what is thought to be the earliest Elizabethan playhouse, known as the Red Lion, were discovered by Archaeology South-East, part of University College London’s (UCL) Institute of Archaeology. The playhouse is thought to have been built around 1567 and is widely regarded as the earliest known purpose-built playhouse of the Elizabethan period. Stephen White, who directed the excavation for UCL Archaeology South-East, said: ‘This is one of the most extraordinary sites I’ve worked on. After nearly 500 years, the remains of the Red Lion playhouse, which marked the dawn of Elizabethan theatre, may have finally been found. ‘The strength of the combined evidence – archaeological remains of buildings, in the right location, of the right period, seem to match up with characteristics of the playhouse recorded in early documents.…

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the family tree academy conference programme

Friday 24 July, from 5pm: • Getting started on your family history – Brian McKechnie This presentation explores some of the questions and outlines some simple answers to help you start your own family tree. Why is family history so popular; how do I get started; what does it cost and where can I get help? Aimed at those new to family history • FamilySearch overview and resources – Tim Manners An introduction to FamilySearch.org and a tour of its resources. From Family Tree (the free online FamilySearch tree) to our interactive digital catalog, how to navigate the menus and become familiar with the range of offerings. Beginner to intermediate • How to start your family tree on FamilySearch – Andrew Milnes We will explore getting started on FamilySearch, account creation and starting to build your own tree and…

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All change at the archives The Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies, based at the County Hall in Aylesbury, has announced a new name – Buckinghamshire Archives – as of 1 July. A statement on the archives website reads: ‘Other than our name, nothing else has changed. We still offer the same services delivered by the same experienced professional staff. Particularly, the name change doesn’t mean we are moving focus away from our large and valuable local studies collection.’ Although at the time of going to print, as with archives up and down the country, the archives was closed because of the Coronavirus pandemic, staff have been busy ensuring that future family historians will understand what life was like during this time, with a new diary project. Residents of the county are invited to…

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castles their rise… & demise

MOTTE & BAILEY Most of the earliest castles built by the Normans in the United Kingdom, during the 11th century, were of motte and bailey design. This arrangement consisted of two mounds, each surrounded by stockades and ditches. The higher mound would be surmounted by a fort or keep and the lower one would contain barracks and other buildings. They allowed two levels of defence with residents being able to retreat to the keep if the lower levels were breached. Original wooden structures were eventually replaced with sturdier stone materials For many hundreds of years, castles provided major centres of control of the populace, administration of regions, defence and employment. Over the centuries since the Middle Ages, most have been abandoned, material from them used to build new structures in nearby…