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What is it that you're yearning to discover about your family history? Just thinking of starting to do your family tree? We can help (see our beginner tips this issue). Looking to stretch your learning? Check out our Academy pages to get practical experience to improve your research knowledge and skills. Or just want a spot of ancestor-hunting inspiration and a great read (our reader stories are cracking!)? You've come to the right place. These are just a few of the genealogy gems to be found within the pages of Family Tree - enjoy!

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Are you into the idea of tracing your family history? Of course you are – and you’ve come to just the right place for advice and inspiration to research your family tree…
An £8 million fundraising project has been launched
Acollection of nurses’ scrapbooks, diaries, poems and
Family history researchers can now use a free website
A community project has officially opened a memorial
A searchable database of thousands of documents detailing
Rare tex ts from 1,000 years of history go online for
Centuries of lost Irish records set to be digitally
A four-year project to develop an interactive website
Apioneering heart and lung hospital that began life
At Family Tree we’ve teamed up with UK family history
Explore the serious, sublime and the ridiculous facets of family history in this genealogical miscellany. This issue, Tom Wood discovers a hardworking agricultural labourer, rewarded in old age, and some family history mysteries
High on a hill overlooking the city of Lincoln, an awe-inspiring memorial has taken shape. Angela Youngman investigates the significance of this for the people who served in Bomber Command and to their descendants todayf
Read on to find out the answers to last issue’s Family Tree Academy challenges. Our Academy tutor David Annal explains all
Running all through 2018, the Academy learning experience will help you discover more about the records, resources and research skills you need to become the best genealogist you can be. We have case studies for you to pit your wits against, documents for you to decipher, old handwriting for you to tackle, and more…
Your documents & sources challenge Studying records
In the first Family Tree Academy we asked you to have
Make the most of digital devices, websites, apps and gadgets, with genealogical web guru Paul Carter
Being busy doesn’t mean you have to neglect your favourite hobby, you can still learn in your lunch break! Squeeze just 60 minutes of family history into your daily routine and you’ll soon start to see your tree blossom. So settle down with your lunch and tuck into Rachel Bellerby’s genealogy treats
When researching our ancestors’ daily lives the detail is all-important. Here Sadie Brown explores a creative way to add a new dimension to family history, exploring and remembering their homes in miniature
Keith Gregson pays homage to the online British Newspaper Archive, which could hold the key to solving your family mysteries
Keith Hayward has been researching family in England and France for decades. Here he shares some simple steps to help you get to grips with the records of France
A second revised edition of popular FIBIS research
Find that Memorial Inscription is a website set up by a family historian for fellow researchers to share unique details of the inscriptions on ancestors’ headstones and memorial plaques, many of which disappear over time. Simon Wills finds out more
From the fictional exploits of Biggles, to the all-too-real role of the Royal Air Force in the Battle of Britain, in its century of service the RAF has gained a place in both the hearts and the history of the nation. Over the decades hundreds of thousands of our ancestors will have had connections to this indomitable organisation. Here Helen Tovey runs through some of the records to help you ace your research
For the last hundred years the Royal Air Force has
If you are writing a family history book that you hope will be read as widely as possible, you’ll need to acquire the skills to sell it. Luckily Belinda Griffin is here with a publishing bootcamp that will get you flexing those marketing muscles
June Terrington has been researching her family history for years and it’s a hobby she truly loves. If you’d like to begin tracing your family tree, read on, and she’ll show you those steps you need to take
Welcome to the Family Tree Subscriber Club page, where subscribers to the magazine can benefit from a range of different offers and competitions every issue! To be sure not to miss out, take out a subscription today – see page 64 for our latest fabulous offer
Using treasures from the family archive alongside some wonderful digitised records, genealogist Judith Russell was able to trace her husband’s WW1 ancestor who was a prisoner of war, and lived to tell the tale. Here she reveals her secret research weapons, which you could use to trace your PoW heroes too
Spotlight on… Doncaster & District Family History
Nick Thorne discovers the link between the spinster gardener, London bankers and the story of Jekyll and Hyde
During 2018, Julie Goucher is spotlighting a website each month that is either unusual, overlooked or simply fascinating. It is an ideal way to expand and bring to life your family history. This issue she discovers the Oxford Archivists’ Consortium
Sally George paints a rich picture of the lives of her ancestors, who range from fishermen and farm workers to sailors, shipwrights and even a policeman-turned opiate trader. Their movements have left a trail of descendants stretching from Yorkshire to Scotland, and Wales to East Anglia, and their ancestral tales continue to echo down the decades…
With our experts Jayne Shrimpton, Emma Jolly, Mary Evans, Simon Fowler, David Frost and Christine Wibberley
QI am researching my 3x greatgrandmother Charlotte
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Diarist Gill Shaw charts the rollercoaster ride of researching her family history
How should three centuries of industry be best remembered? Should recent records remain private? And is it okay to salvage a grave? Your letters this issue are thought-provoking indeed…