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Techy tipsfor family historians

This issue web guru Paul Carter suggests ways to join in with a national online project to help preserve the valuable names, dates and other clues on memorials, plus he explores a vast one-name study website to show what we can all learn from it


There’s no doubt that some of the richest genealogical information can come from monumental inscriptions (MIs) – and if you’re unsure why, I recommend reading Celia Heritage’s book Tracing Your Ancestors Through Death Records, published by Pen and Sword. By their nature, these memorials are fixed and often deteriorating to a point where they become unreadable, which makes preserving a record of them all the more crucial. There are a number of volunteer projects to record and transcribe memorials, including UKIndexer at – backed by The Genealogist – which offers credits and gift vouchers in exchange for contributions to its projects.

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Kick-start your research with the January issue of Family Tree - packed with ideas to help you plan for a great year of family history and inspire you to new discoveries. Get the latest! Our crop of experts talk about upcoming and breakthrough projects they're looking forward to in 2019. Plan your research month by month! Read a genealogist's diary of the past 12 months, and decide what you want to accomplish in the year to come. Hone your research skills! Join in with part 1 in the brand new series of the Family Tree Academy. Each month through the year to come the Academy will give you the chance to get better and understanding and using those all-important family history records. Read Family Tree and become the best genealogist you can be!