Monday, 23 February 2015

Family Tree March 2015

The new issue is out.

The cover story The Parish Chest: a review of its contents discusses the miscellaneous records, beyond baptisms, marriages and burials, that may have been kept in the parish chest. These might include records of apprenticeships, removals, churchwardens account, and more. It's written by Stuart Raymond. Its based on his new book Tracing Your Ancestors' Parish Records: A guide for Family and Local Historians which is also reviewed by the magazine editor Helen Tovey. She calls it "hugely useful."

Having run into issues in Lancashire around the time of the US Civil War I was interested to read Trouble at mill – the Lancashire Cotton Famine by Stephen Lewis.

I appreciated the article by British dress historian and photo detective Jayne Shrimpton Dressing to Mourn, Amanda Randall's look at Victorian literary societies in Self-motivation - Victorian style, and Dave Annal's review of records that can help in researching Emigrants and Immigrants.

Other content, includes:
The joy of index Genealogical indexes can provide new research leads, save you money – and are more accessible than ever before.
Navy service records Navigate your way through WW1 records for your naval seamen and officers.
App know-how for family historians Keep your device up to date with our guide to genealogy apps and trends.
The cataloguing battle Discover a major initiative helping archives to catalogue the nation’s hidden resources.
The Women’s Institute: a voice to be reckoned with The WI celebrates its centenary year.
Countdown has started! Get ready for Who Do You Think You Are? Live!
Picturing the past – could the new Histropedia website transform the way we study our family history?
Where did they come from? – Discovering the origins of a surname.
The dead of Dundee – how a photographer’s hobby blossomed into a wonderful online graves resource.
Reader story – a country boy’s sum book
Dressing to mourn – how rituals surrounding death dictated what our bereaved ancestors wore.
You & your followers – our top tips to maintaining a popular family history blog.
Reader story – finding grandfather
Twiglets – catch up with the latest adventures of our tree-tracing diarist Gill Shaw.
Thoughts on… Diane Lindsay picks up an old research trail and solves a mystery…

      .... plus the regular columns.

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