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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

February 2020

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine not only explores the stories behind the popular BBC genealogy TV series, but also helps you uncover your own roots. Each issue is packed with practical advice to help you track down family history archives and get the most out of online resources, alongside features on what life was like in the past and the historic events that affected our ancestors.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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13 Issues


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O ten in episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? it’s the death records that create the memorable story, and places of burial are the perfect location for reflection. So, when I wanted the very best advice for killing off your ancestors, I felt we couldn’t do better than asking Laura Berry who has worked on the series for many years. Enjoy her 10 tips on page 23 and use them to complete the story of your ancestors’ lives. We are also marking the 400th anniversary of the iconic voyage of the Mayflower (page 18). According to Felix, if you can trace your family back to the early 19th century in America you are highly likely to be able to make a connection. We’d love to hear if you do! And…

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FELIX ROWE Felix is a freelance history writer and editor who goes behind the story of the Mayflower and shares some tips on how you can find out if you have a family connection on page 18. LAURA BERRY As a TV genealogist, Laura has spent more time than most looking for death records and burial places. Turn to page 23 to learn from her expertise and give your research a boost. ALEX OMBLER Alex is a heritage project officer who researched the dockers of Hull as part of his PhD. Many of his ancestors worked in port-based industries, and he shares his advice on page 59.…

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a wright connection

Our daughter, a keen family historian, was soaking in her bath while listening to Mark Wright’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? playing in the next room. She suddenly realised that the names she was hearing were familiar to her, and were names in our family tree! She leapt out of her bath and phoned us to tell us to turn on the TV (we had just come home from a meeting of our family history group). We quickly did so and watched the rest of the programme, which we watched again on catch-up TV later. It was exciting to discover our connection to Mark – he is my second cousin twice removed, which was a surprise. However, we are able to add to the information about Mark’s great…

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WE NEED TO KEEP RECENT WILLS PRIVATE Legislation is a patchwork quilt of statutes and laws that attempts to do the best for the ‘common good’. Its imperfections may be many and that is why it is a plastic, ever-changing beast. However, am I alone in thinking that changes should be made to plug the holes that impinge upon genealogical research and the privacy of living relatives? With the recent carrot-dangling of the (unusual) 85 per cent price reduction for wills, doubtless we have all been stampeding to our keyboards to purchase them, particularly those of more peripheral ancestors. For those wills from the dim and distant past, I am happy that these should be made freely available for genealogical research. What I cannot understand is why, in this privacy-paranoid age, anyone…

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who do you think you are?

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