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Karen Clare reports on the latest genealogy news. If you want to see your story featured, email it to or post to our Facebook page at


Appeal helps save iconic bridge

English Heritage’s first ever crowdfunding campaign, to safeguard Shropshire’s Iron Bridge, has been a huge success, with more than £45,000 of the £25,000 original appeal pledged in less than two weeks.

Work began in November to repair cracks in the world’s first iron bridge, which was built in 1779 and was the ancestor of today’s railways and skyscrapers, after the charity received a €1m donation towards its £3.6m project. The site is free to visit and the charity raised its initial £25,000 target to £40,000 once it had been surpassed. At time of writing, nearly £46,000 had been raised via with pledges due to end on 10 December.

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Make the most of hibernation indoors this winter with our January 2018 issue. It’s full of family history tips and stories, plus a masterclass guide to essential church records. In addition, there are this issue’s Family Tree Academy challenges for our genealogy learn-along. If you have a new smart phone or device, you’ll love our new series with technology tips for family historians (don’t miss a trick that the web or your mobile can help you out with!). There is so much to enjoy, there’s no time to waste! Wishing you a very Happy New Year of family history to come.