"Family Tree Magazine, as it was then known, made its debut in November 1984, after being put together on a dining-room table in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire using a Brother typewriter!FT has seen a revolution, from the typewriter era when hardly anyone was using a computer for family history, to 1997 when 45% of FT subscribers used a computer as an aid to research, to 2009 when a survey showed it was 97%, and today -- we'd hardly be able to do such a survey without the internet!
Today Family Tree remains the UK’s only independent magazine sold in the newstrade for family historians and genealogists. Run by a small team who are passionate about family history, we are still based in the little town of Ramsey but have a worldwide readership. We’re rightly proud of our roots and have published a souvenir November issue to mark our 30th anniversary."
British newsstands are now crowded with genealogy magazines. The competition has been good for the magazine, the Brother typewriter is retired; yet throughout FT been a reliable source of news and advice for the British genealogist.
Thanks for the tip to Karen Clare, FT's Assistant Editor.