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Family history is quite an extraordinary hobby, as we make intriguing connections between so many disparate aspects of the past on our mission to step back in time and learn about the lives of our ancestors. Simon Wills’s latest book is just such an example – a history of birds – and, as family historians, we’re sure to find the many ways that our feathered friends were regarded and used in times gone by fascinating.

Did you know that swan wing feathers were used for arrow flights, or that of a goose for quills? Blue tits were originally called ‘mase’ (from the Anglo-Saxon ‘little’), in medieval times the prefix ‘tit’ was added (also meaning ‘small’), and the word evolved to become titmouse – then the suffix was dropped, leaving ‘blue tit’.

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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.