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Reader research renewed by old sources, as further newspapers come online, and more…

Immersed in old newspapers

Having signed up to Findmypast a while ago, I have become totally immersed in their newspaper archives. I have found out all sorts of information about my forebears, from birth, death and marriage notices, details about their businesses, biographical sketches and unexpected anecdotes. I’ve discovered, for example, that Great-Grandad George Tickner (b1850 Dorking, Surrey) played the organ every Sunday in Holmwood Church and led a band at local village dances.

In the same newspaper, The Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser, I found an advertisement in 1892 for George’s second-hand clothes shop. There was also an article about a man stealing a pair of boots from the shop.

Further research revealed details of the court case.

My ancestors’ lives are being reborn in front of my eyes.

I have found photos too, of various family members’ weddings, with the accompanying text full of illuminating details including wedding present lists and the names of those who gave them.

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What are your family history goals for 2019? Perhaps you'd like to get your family history notes more organised? To be sure you're searching the right ancestors? To take your research back further? To look into your family's lives in more depth? Or perhaps your goal is simply to take that first step and start finding out about your family tree? Our ultimate guide - in this, the Feb issue of Family Tree - has advice to help everyone become the best genealogist they can be... from the newly curious, to those with many research discoveries under their belt already, you're sure to find it a valuable read. Happy researching!