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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

November 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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
Frequency:
Monthly
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3 min.
memories of scotland

During shielding I was unable to shop so missed my monthly treat of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine. Realising that Covid-19 was not going away, I have taken out a subscription for home delivery. Reading the September issue in hospital this week, I turned immediately to the ‘Ancestors at Work’ article about Scottish fisher girls. Memories surfaced of my childhood days in Ness on the Isle of Lewis (1946–1950), where we were related in some degree to almost everyone around through my Mackenzie paternal-line genes. My then best friend, Johanna Maclean, was the daughter of a ‘herring lass’, who in her young days had travelled with the fleet of herring boats from Stornoway Harbour round the north and east coasts of Scotland, then eventually to Great Yarmouth. Mrs Maclean (née…

1 min.
the big picture

AN ACT OF REMEMBRANCE Crowds fill the streets of London to commemorate those lost in the First World War, 11 November 1925 The First World War finally came to an end with the signing of an armistice between the Allies and Germany in a railway carriage at Le Francport near Compiègne in northern France at 11am on 11 November 1918. An estimated 17 million people lost their lives during the four-year conflict, including civilian casualties. The first official Armistice Day events took place on 11 November the following year, complete with a two-minute silence at 11am as a mark of respect for the fallen. That tradition continues to this day, although many of the UK’s offices will already be silent this year thanks to the increased use of homeworking to combat the…

7 min.
dating family wedding photographs

From the earliest days of portraiture, paintings representing betrothal and marriage predominated. So when commercial photography developed in the 1840s, these important events continued as favoured pictorial themes. Most of us have old family wedding photographs in our collections, from paired or double Victorian studio portraits, to extended outdoor group scenes. Early studio marriage photos may go unnoticed, for newlyweds generally posed in their fashionable ‘Sunday best’, without flowers or other distinguishing attributes. Wedding photographs are heirlooms to treasure, and to learn from. They provide an exact visual representation of the official marriage records on which we all depend to construct our family tree. Many portray groups of relatives all in one place, which is very helpful when making meaningful connections between various individuals. Some include the only known depiction of…

1 min.
resources

FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETIES w familyhistoryfederation.com/ societies-az w safhs.org.uk Regional family history societies can be invaluable. Many hold local records that members can access for free, and can give lots of advice on the local area. Find out more on the websites of the Family History Federation and the Scottish Association of Family History Societies. HOCKEN HERITAGE COLLECTION w bit.ly/hocken-heritage Housed at the University of Otago, the collection includes wills, church records, school records, deeds, and many documents relating to the region’s early settlers. PAPERS PAST w paperspast.natlib.govt.nz This fascinating collection of New Zealand’s newspapers, magazines, journals, letters and other printed material is hosted by the National Library’s website. It’s free to search, and is well worth an afternoon’s perusal.…

1 min.
how to find your lacemaker ancestors

There are no specific records for lacemakers. They were dispersed across many towns and villages and surviving documents vary from place to place, but individuals may be found in Poor Law records and workhouse records, which can often be accessed through local archives. The websites of local museums and history societies can be useful sources too. If your ancestor was a lace trader or lace designer, you may find them listed in a trade directory. For England and Wales, check the historical directories on the University of Leicester’s website (bit.ly/LeicsDirs). They may also be named in bankruptcy proceedings – check the free online archive of the London Gazette at thegazette.co.uk as well as notices in local newspapers via britishnewspaper archive.co.uk or findmypast.co.uk. Male forebears may be found on the 1798 Posse Comitatus.…

1 min.
researching ww1 service

UNCOVER THEIR UNIT’S EXPERIENCES Unit War Diaries at The National Archives (some are digitised) provide insight into daily life on the Western Front; see bit.ly/ tna-wd . Also, regimental histories contain eyewitness accounts of action. SEARCH LOCAL NEWSPAPERS Local newspapers often highlighted news, achievements and awards relating to local men at war. Search the archives on findmypast.co.uk (if you are a ‘Pro’ user) or britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk. ‘A CORNER OF A FOREIGN FIELD’ Search the website of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (cwgc.org) to find details of 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth who died during the First and Second World Wars.…