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How travel broadens the mind…

As family historians we seek enlightenment about the past from all sorts of avenues. Here family historian Chris Paton shares some of the lessons he has learned while overseas this year

What do you value about genealogy

In Gouve Cemetery, Crete, Chris was interested to see that many of the resting places included photos and memorabilia of loved ones

This year, 2017, has been an extraordinary one for the United Kingdom’s relationship with the wider world, not just within the political arena and Brexit, but also within family history circles as well.

Earlier this year we had the shock announcement that the annual Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE event, which for a decade has provided a warm family history welcome to our diaspora, was to be the last. Then FamilySearch announced an end to its worldwide microfilm distribution system, meaning that we can no longer order up records to our local family history centres from the FamilySearch Library in Utah. But while change is certainly in the air, we still remain a part of that wider world, and this year I have had the great fortune to get out to see a bit more of it, and have learned much along the way.

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Welcome to the Christmas issue of Family Tree – we’ve got festive family history treats galore in store for you. Dive into our delicious feast of digitised documents – rare historic collections for you to enjoy browsing and researching on your device. Enjoy some genealogy jollies: a family history crossword, quiz and memories of Christmas traditions from centuries past. And last but not least, this issue sees the launch of the Family Tree Academy – this is your opportunity to hone your family history skills. In part 1, this issue, we’ve got documents for you to decipher, old handwriting for you to transcribe and a research case study for you to pit your wits against. Join in with our learning experience today to become a better family historian!
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