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Read on to find out the answers to last issue’s Family Tree Academy challenges. Our Academy tutor David Annal explains all

Discover The answers to last issue’s challenges

TAKE YOUR RESEARCH TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Your first brainteaser challenge:

The answer

We set the question: ‘I’ve found family clues back to the 1760s, having found ancestors in the 1841 Census who were 80 years old. What records should I use to start researching pre-1841?’. We asked you to name three sources, and how they are useful. Your answer could include:

• The Church of England’s parish registers are the most important and valuable source for pre-1841 research. The information that you get from the early Victorian censuses should, in most cases, allow you to find your ancestors’ baptismal and marriage records. Of course, not all of our ancestors were baptised in the Church of England and not all the relevant records have survived but parish registers should certainly be your first port of call.

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About Family Tree

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.