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There's something undeniably special about visiting our ancestors' final resting places. Read the guide in the latest issue of Family Tree about graveyards and we will help you step back in time. Graveyards and cemeteries are a very real reminder of earlier generations and visiting them will not only spark thought-provoking memories - they may also provide you with new clues and details... And speaking of 'new clues' - don't miss our brand new series 'Taken a DNA test? Now what?'. This is the advice you need if you want to get the most from your DNA test. Discover how to make sense of the results, find more details and grow that fabulous family tree of yours! Join in with the DNA adventure today! We also have a fabulous free guide for you in this bumper issue, Heritage Days Out, packed full of ideas for family and local history trips to take this summer. Enjoy your travels through time!

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There’s something undeniably special about visiting our ancestors’ final resting places. Read our guide to graveyards and we will help you step back in time
Karen Clare reports on the latest genealogy news. Send us your stories by emailing them to editorial@family-tree.co.uk or post to our Facebook page at facebook.com/familytreemaguk
A campaign group is fighting to save a record office
A family history society has won Heritage Lottery funding
Want to refer to an earlier issue of Family Tree? You
John Boeren, from Twitter’s #AncestryHour team, gives his thoughts on what the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) means for family historians
Fascinating images, posters, uniforms and objects from
We hoped you enjoyed our hugely successful first ever
The Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS) has
• TheGenealogist.co.uk has launched thousands of records
The ancestral home of the flamboyant 5th Marquess of
At Family Tree we’ve teamed up with UK family history
The official records can only take you so far in your family history research. Michael Heafford shows how it is well worth investigating whether more personal documents exist that might give you an insight to the personalities, interests and leisure occupations of your ancestors. What might you discover?
Pat Chrisfield was shocked to discover a great-uncle who was in and out of prison all his life. Although not guilty of crimes of the century, this was a man caught in a sad trajectory, trapped in a circle of poverty with little or no support, as online newspaper reports and other records go to show…
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
Your transcription chall enge
Your case study challenge
DNA tests are becoming evermore popular and useful as a tool for genealogists, but the results can seem bewildering too. Help is at hand, however! In our brand new series, family historian Karen Evans will be giving you really practical advice to help you make sense of your DNA test results for your family history research
Steve Miller introduces a Yorkshire group that helps family historians find new routes for their old roots, using both modern and traditional methods
There is something intrinsically rewarding about standing on the spot where your ancestor is buried. Celia Heritage’s guide will help you track down these precious final resting places
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
Chris Paton provides a handy summary of sources and steps to help you locate Irish church records for researching your ancestors
Pull -out guide to specialist groups
Hundreds of folk emigrated across huge oceans in wooden ships with uncomfortable quarters and inadequate rations, with hope in their hearts for a new start. Not everyone was a convict, not everyone rushed to chase gold. Those labourers, farmhands and unskilled city piece-workers were very brave to leave all they knew behind to grab a chance of a better future. Suzanne Hirst has devoted herself to researching one such ship, the Coromandel, and those who sailed in her all those years ago
Throughout the ages, many adventuresome souls have chronicled their travels far and wide. Melody Amsel-Arieli turns back the pages to view the landscape through their eyes
Welcome to the Family Tree Subscriber Club page, where
During 2018, Julie Goucher is spotlighting a website that is unusual, overlooked or simply fascinating, which can help you expand and bring to life your family history. This issue she discovers useful resources on the National Army Museum website
Learn about the clothing worn by your mid-Victorian ancestors as dress historian Jayne Shrimpton explores the fashions of the past
Family historians can now search more than one million names and 30,000 war memorial photographs online, thanks to the newly launched national War Memorials Register. Ian Hook of the Imperial War Museum reveals how and why
Make the most of digital devices, websites, apps and gadgets, with genealogical web guru Paul Carter
HUMAN ERRORS by Nathan H Lents
Simon Wills learns about a fascinating Scottish family history society project to capture the stories of local convicts over a period of nearly a century
Ostensibly a pillar of society, Jabez Balfour’s business dealings were so shady they led to the ruin of numerous families. Nick Thorne sees what the records have to say about this man of many parts
Diarist Gill Shaw charts the rollercoaster ride of researching her family history
With our experts Jayne Shrimpton, Celia Heritage and Tim Lovering
Widen your research horizons! Take the chance to explore lesser-known pathways to the past at the upcoming Secret Lives conference
Find or post diary dates at www.family-tree.co.uk/Events
In this month’s snippet Keith Gregson remembers the dreaded telegrams of WW1
Diane Lindsay is an eternal student and family history is just one of the hooks upon which she hangs her passion to Find Stuff Out!