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Research your yachting ancestors

If your ancestors owned or worked on a yacht you will find a wealth of resources to learn about their lives and careers, as Simon Wills explains
Cambria yacht in 1870

Sailing in a yacht started to become popular in the second half of the 19th century. Many well-to-do families owned one, which was used for holidays around the coast and voyages to the Mediterranean or further afield. Yachts were also used extensively for racing – a sport in which participants challenged each other in a range of sailing competitions. However, although yachts were owned by our wealthier ancestors, they were usually crewed by seafarers with more humble origins. There are a whole range of resources for family historians to research a yacht, its crew, or its owner.

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Do you know what your surname means and where it's come from? You don't? You've come to the right place. With the April issue of Family Tree we've got a cracking 32 guide to help you learn about your family names. From surname super-sleuth organisation the Guild of One-Name Studies, it's packed with advice to research your family surnames - wherever in the world they come from... Plus - inside the mag - we've got 10 top family history projects to help you organise your research, university research into our ancient 10,000 year old ancestor (he's the great-grandpa of us all) and the tale of an orphan, disinherited and banished into slavery - and his 30 year fight to regain what was rightfully his!