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Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - October 2017

October 2017

Britain and the Bolsheviks: Colin Ellson traces the North Russian Expeditionary Force’s contribution to the civil war in support of the White Russians
Dastardly attack on Her Majesty: Nick Thorne investigates the most successful of the numerous attempts to harm Queen Victoria
Cosy comforts: Jayne Shrimpton’s history of hand-knitting
The trial of the century? 180 years ago this year, a trial was held which has resonated through history. And yet, as Denise Bates explains, it was entirely fictional
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on underwear

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - September 2017

September 2017

The mystery of Branwell's death: Ruth A Symes explores why Branwell Brontë’s death certificate doesn't fully explain his death
New records from the 'Far North': Keith Gregson explores the Northumberland parish records recently added to TheGenealogist website
A touch of glass: Daniel Hewitt explores the glass etching trade through the prism of a talented ancestor
A bloody history: Life in the Caribbean could be brutal and extremely gruelling for our ancestors and far worse for the original native tribes who lived there, writes Harry Cunningham
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on underwear

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - August 2017

August 2017

'Put it in the diary': Ruth A Symes looks at what our ancestors' appointment diaries can reveal
What's in a name?: Denise Bates explores the trends and traditions of Victorian forenames
Changing names: Nick Thorne unravels a family of name changes and finds a black sheep exiled for his crime
Here is the news: Margaret Powling surveys the history of newspapers, and remembers her own family's role in the trade
Woodcuts and witches: Jon Crabb explores how developments in publishing influenced the early modern fixation with witches
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on underwear

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - July 2017

July 2017

Jane Austen and Regency fashion: Jayne Shrimpton explores Regency style and how it has become intimately associated with the novelist who died 200 years ago
Courting success: Nicola Lisle delves into the history of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships, which celebrates its 140th anniversary this year
The case of the author’s family: Nick Thorne manages to explore Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s family line despite the variation in names used in the records
Full steam ahead: Harry Cunningham goes for a ride into Britain’s steam-filled past as he discovers the impact of the railway on our Victorian ancestors’ lives
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on shifts, petticoats and slips

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - June 2017

June 2017

A nice cup of tea: Jayne Shrimpton sits down with a biscuit and a cuppa to explore the history of this British institution
The marvellous Mitfords: Nick Thorne finds that an inheritance may divert sideways on a family tree
'Take cover!': Sharon Brookshaw explores the early history of air raids in Britain and how warning systems were developed during WW1
From Hanover to Hackney: Corinna Meiß explores the life and journey of a German gardener from 18th century Hanover to a world-famous nursery in Hackney
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on pockets

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - May 2017

May 2017

Your ancestor’s voice: Ruth A Symes wonders what it would be like if we could hear our ancestors speak – and in fact there are online tools which can help
Going into Labour: Harry Cunningham investigates the Victorian roots of the British Labour Party and the road the very first Labour government in 1924
Pillars of the establishment: From a Governor of the Bank of England to a grandson killed by Indian Tigers – Nick Thorne explores an interesting Huguenot family
Fleeing in terror: Eighty years ago this month, the UK welcomed nearly 4000 child refugees from the war-torn Basque region of Spain. Nicola Lisle tells their story
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on dresses

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - April 2017

April 2017

'Warm stuff of diverse colours': Jayne Shrimpton explores the history of Scottish plaids, kilts and tartans
Puzzles of multiplication: Sharon Brookshaw explores the rites and superstitions adopted by our ancestors when trying to conceive a child
Plimsoll's line: Nick Thorne explores the life of Samuel Plimsoll, from bankrupt coal merchant to renegade MP
Life in miniature: Nicola Lisle delves into the history of dolls' houses and what they tell us about our ancestors' lives
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on skirts

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - March 2017

March 2017

The ultimate 'be prepared': Sharon Brookshaw explores the roles of Boy Scouts and Girl Guides during WW1
A true pioneer: To celebrate Women's History Month, Nick Thorne explores records of a pioneering professional woman
'The thermometer in the vestibule': Ruth A Symes on what we can learn from our ancestors' weather diaries
Building the ivory towers: What was it like to study at university in the early modern and medieval world? Harry Cunningham has been swatting up...
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on sleeves

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - February 2017

February 2017

The migrant miners: Melvyn Jones investigates the movement of mining families into the South Yorkshire coalfield
The oldest debate? Lorraine Schofield explores the conflicting attitudes to prostitution in Victorian Britain
In search of the Chief Scout: Nick Thorne looks at a man from a large family who grew up to be a national hero
The Scottish courts: Family historian Chris Paton explores the Scottish judicial system and the records it has kept
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on bodices

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - January 2017

January 2017

London's burning: Sharon Brookshaw tells the story of the Silvertown explosion, a century ago this month, and the dangerous world of munitions workers
The man who built Parliament: Nick Thorne traces the rise of the architect Sir Charles Barry
The myth of the Mayflower: John Wade reveals the full story of the Mayflower's origins - and how Plymouth was not really its home
Fears and despondencies: Sharon Brookshaw delves into how our ancestors thought about and treated what we now call depression
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on jackets

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - December 2016

December 2016

The tale of the mail: Harry Cunningham investigates how Britain’s Post Office has been operating for over 500 years
First-class appearance: Jayne Shrimpton investigates the uniforms our postal worker ancestors might have worn
'For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil': Nick Thorne investigates the story of the Reverend Vyvyan Moyle and his temptations of the monetary kind
Learning to walk: Sharon Brookshaw looks at how our forebears took their first steps, epitomising changing attitudes to childcare down the centuries
Great Uncle Mozart: David Lewiston Sharpe looks at the lineages of learning that connect generations of students and teachers
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on waistcoats

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - November 2016

November 2016

The People's Palace: Eighty years ago this month the Crystal Palace burnt down. Sue Wilkes tells its story
Banking on fraud: Nick Thorne discovers that a Royal Charter and having MPs for directors failed to stop a Victorian bank embezzling its customers' money
'Off by heart': Ruth A Symes looks at the role of poems in the family
Who teaches the teachers? Richard Willis explores the history of the Chartered College of Teaching
The escapologists: Nick Thorne follows the 'Thrill Slayer' and the 'Artful Dodger' in newly released US records
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on blouses

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - October 2016

October 2016

Lives on the land: Hannah Spencer explores the changing fortunes of the agricultural labourer
A riot in rural Wales: Val Davies recounts the story of the Chartist uprising in Llanidloes
A wing and a prayer: Nick Thorne looks at the records of the renowned flying sons of a clergyman
The art of the perfect cask: Harry Cunningham explores the history of coopers, a trade that is now on the verge of extinction
History in three dimensions: We interview Neil Millington, who has recreated Manchester in 1850 in 3D form
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on men’s neckwear

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - September 2016

September 2016

The great fire brigade of London: Nicola Lisle looks at how the Great Fire led to the formation of the London Fire Brigade
1666 and all that: Margaret Powling looks at the rebuilding of London after the Great Fire 350 years ago
Tracing the trails our ancestors leave behind: Nick Thorne finds out about a soldier who served in every engagement from Corunna to Waterloo
Roast beef and rain?: Ruth A Symes uncovers a 19th century Frenchman’s views of our Victorian ancestors
An English eccentricity: Colin Ellson explores the forgotten role of the 'squarsons' – wealthy priests at the head of their communities
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on men’s shirts

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - August 2016

August 2016

Home Front fashion: Jayne Shrimpton stitches together a seamless history of fashion economies during WW1
Is it worth 'giving them a bell'?: Keith Gregson examines how late Victorian/early Edwardian telephone directories can help the family historian
'Wrens': the women of the Royal Navy: Simon Wills looks at the history of the Women’s Royal Naval Service
The Great British Chocolate Factory: We’ve loved chocolate in Britain for centuries – but how did we get the taste for it, and who was responsible? Nell Darby finds out
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on smocks
Anglicans in the archives: Jill Morris looks at the history of the Church of England, and records of clergy available online

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - July 2016

July 2016

The forgotten carers: Paul Matthews tells the story of the monthly nurses who cared for mothers after childbirth
Taking back the prisoners: Nick Thorne researches Sir Robert Napier and his daring 1868 expedition to Abyssinia
Tall ships and high seas: Margaret Powling offers a brief history of the golden age of sail
Women and the lost generation: Lorraine Schofield explores the impact of WW1 on women
A mystery solved: Gaynor Haliday on how a family conundrum was explained, and an important photo identified
One man’s Somme story: We mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme with the story of its oldest British death
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on dungarees
The elite of Eton: Jill Morris on the public school’s history

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - June 2016

June 2016

The wreck of the SS London: 150 years ago this notorious shipping disaster claimed the lives of hundreds, as Simon Wills explains
A comedy heroine descended from a WW1 hero: Nick Thorne takes a look at the family of the well-loved and talented entertainer Victoria Wood
Finding other people’s secrets: Jocelyn Robson explains how she investigated a fascinating story of a woman who faked her own death and reinvented herself
Stythies, handlooms and tenterhooks: Melvyn Jones delves into the working lives of home-based handloom weavers and metalworkers
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on jodhpurs
Great Scots online: Jill Morris explores the wealth of Scottish records available

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - May 2016

May 2016

A stitch in time: Ruth A Symes threads her way through the history of needlework occupations
The roots of the Trucker Earl: Nick Thorne uses colour tithe maps now available online to look into the past of a colourful family
Hair-raising history: Harry Cunningham investigates the changing roles of hairdressers and barbers, from cutting limbs to cutting hair
Patten recognition: Paul Matthews steps out in pursuit of a lost trade, and the wider history of London livery companies
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on knickerbockers
Blue sap in the tree?: Jill Morris finds an online treasure trove of royal records

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - April 2016

April 2016

The sailors on land: Thousands of sailors fought on land as soldiers in WW1. Why did this happen, and was your ancestor involved? Simon Wills explains
The Fortunes of war: Nick Thorne discovers the highest ranking British officer in online German prisoner of war records
The masters of Middleton Top: Neil Hallows reflects on his family’s rich railway heritage
Suicide notes: Paul Matthews reveals some tragic stories from when suicide was a crime
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on breeches
Pioneers in the sky: Jill Morris takes a bird’s eye view of early aviation

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - March 2016

March 2016

Heavy work: Sue Wilkes digs into the lives and work of Britain’s lead miners
Criminally insane or cold-blooded murderer?: Nick Thorne researches a 19th century cause celebre using TheGenealogist's record collections
The privilege of the feu...: Chris Paton explores the ownership records for Scottish land and property
The ancestral laptop: Ruth A Symes explores the history of family writing desks, and what family historians can learn from them
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on trousers
Meaning business: Jill Morris investigates the history of limited companies

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - February 2016

February 2016

Canine companions: Dogs have followed in our footsteps for many centuries. Jayne Shrimpton explores the historic relationship with man’s best friend
A family of Friends: Antony Barlow explores the history of the Society of Friends through the prism of his own longstanding Quaker family
A 'Greatorex' by any other name: Keith Gregson puts TheGenealogist’s powerful search engine to the test
Swindon: 175 years on track: Nicola Lisle explores the history of Swindon, and looks at how it was transformed from a tiny market town into a major railway centre
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on pyjamas
The Brits vs the Boers: Jill Morris on South African history

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - January 2016

January 2016

Popping the family treasures: Nicola Lisle delves into the history of pawnbroking
A charmed life: Nick Thorne explores one man’s life from genteel Cheltenham to hell on the battlefields of World War I
Inside the garden wall: Margaret Powling digs into the history of walled kitchen gardens
Hide-bound histories: Melvyn Jones investigates the working lives of those involved with the leather industry
Finding a fortune down under: Nick Thorne finds an interesting tale in recently released emigration records
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on dressing gowns
Behind the square and compasses: Jill Morris opens up the secrets of freemasonry

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - December 2015

December 2015

Decking the halls: Ruth A Symes explores how our ancestors decorated for Christmas, from mistletoe to paper chains
'Twas the night before Christmas: Nick Thorne explores the history of Christmas cards and their Victorian fans
Victorians on the move: Lorraine Schofield explores the history of European tourism
The forefront of fashion: Milliners provided far more than hats in the past – Jayne Shrimpton explains
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on slippers
Arise, Sir...: Jill Morris looks at knights and knighthood

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - November 2015

November 2015

The best of times: Daniel Hewitt explores the history of horology through his Clerkenwell clockmaker ancestry
The quartermaster’s tale: Anthony Boulton presents a unique memoir of his grandfather’s WW1 experiences
From Longleat to the Tower of London: Nick Thorne delves into the history of Longleat and its illustrious inhabitants
Decoding Victorian jewellery: Victorian jewellery was rich in symbolism, as Kim Fleet explains
Woven into history: Caroline Taylor explores carpet-making in Kidderminster and resources in the town’s carpet museum
A fair hearing?: Jill Morris explains the Court of Chancery
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on boots

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - October 2015

October 2015

Rebels with a cause: Tudor England was rocked by a wave of rebellions, as Jonathan Healey explains
Preserved for posterity: Nick Thorne explains the importance of storing your family history research properly
Salt of the earth: Sue Wilkes explores Britain’s salt industry
A patchwork of history: Ruth Symes explores the personal details hidden in patchwork of the past
Inside the Black Museum: For 140 years Scotland Yard has held a private collection of crime memorabilia
Passed down in the past: Jill Morris continues her exploration of online wills from the 14th to 19th centuries
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on shoes

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - September 2015

September 2015

'A true and perfect inventory': Melvyn Jones describes the domestic comforts of a late 17th century farming family
Picturing the past: Nick Thorne explores how a free online image archive adds atmosphere to family history research
A day at the museum: For the last 400 years, museums have helped people to experience the world’s treasures
WDYTYA is back: The popular genealogy TV show returns
Are benefactors in the frame: Unique research into the lives of people who donated paintings to Glasgow's museums
The legacies of history: Jill Morris explores wills from the 14th to 19th centuries, available online
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on clogs

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - August 2015

August 2015

Bad medicine: Simon Wills looks at the medicines taken by your 19th century ancestors
Scanning on the go: Nick Thorne reviews a useful tool
Joining the circus: Nell Darby takes to the big top with a history of the circus, its performers and those who went along
History woz ’ere: Ruth A Symes explores the personal touches left behind by our ancestors in the form of graffiti
Lost to the waves: Jill Morris looks at records of deaths at sea available online
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on sandals

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - July 2015

July 2015

Building history: Laura Berry reveals how to research the history of homes in England and Wales
Sitting on the penitent’s stool: Chris Paton explains the judicial role of the kirk session in Scotland
'Toys were us': Sharon Brookshaw explores how our ancestors may have entertained themselves as children
Working in the woods: Melvyn Jones explores the working life of men who toiled as charcoal burners
Steaming through history: P&O’s heritage in pictures
The Modern Domesday: Jill Morris plots the history of a major 19th century resource listing landowners
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on swimwear

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - June 2015

June 2015

‘The same age as my gums’: Ruth Symes explores how society made provision for old age in the past
Making sense of migration: Melvyn Jones examines the forces behind the movements of our ancestors
Alien ancestors: Naturalisation and denization explained
What’s in a name? Paul Matthews explores some of the stumbling blocks names can throw up for researchers
Traces of Waterloo: Exploring the famous battle of 1815 through objects of the era
Finding fresh land: Jill Morris on the settling of New Zealand

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - May 2015

May 2015

The front line of faith: Nicola Lisle looks at 150 years of the Salvation Army, and how to trace Salvationist ancestors All the fun of the fair: Yorkshire Family History Fair preview Before the census: Chris Paton looks at Scottish census and census substitute records before 1841 One-stop shops: Jayne Shrimpton explores the history of department stores and their impact on shoppers and staff Saving what they could carry: Canada’s Great Fire of 1922 A may to remember: Keith Gregson tells the story of Britain’s worst railway disaster, sidelined by its occurrence during WW1 States of growth: Jill Morris on booming 19th century America History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on parasols

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - April 2015

April 2015

Toughs in cuffs: Angela Buckley investigates criminal ancestry, particularly in Victorian times, and how to trace it Horatio’s last words: Explore Nelson’s last will and testament The Welsh at Work: Emma Jolly follows occupational migrations in and out of Wales in the 18th and 19th centuries Ancient roots: New DNA research sheds light on our origins Lost in the war, found in the records: WW1 case study The jester vs Jerry: How cartoonist Heath Robinson helped with the propaganda war against Germany in WW1 Message to the masses: Jill Morris follows the many journeys of John Wesley as he took Methodism to the people History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on umbrellas

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - March 2015

March 2015

Lost and found: Sharon Brookshaw explores the history of child abandonment and the rise of foundling institutions The Marine boys (and girls): Nell Darby on the history of a unique society which helps poor children find work at sea Plotting the past: Tithe maps are coming online A nation of gardeners: Margaret Powling digs into the history of gardening as a popular pastime The First Fleeters: Laura Berry follows the experiences of people in the first penal colony to be founded in Australia Before the trains came: Horse-drawn transport in Leeds The great survey: Jill Morris delves into Griffith’s Valuation History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on wellies

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - February 2015

February 2015

The sweet smell of history: Jayne Shrimpton sniffs out the interesting social history of perfume
A rogue in the records: Gill Hoffs on a convict who made his fortune in the goldfields of Australia, only to lose it again
The Mulberry madam: Another convict transportation story
Found in the muniments room: Melvyn Jones highlights more treasures in the archives of our great landed estates
All good sports: Keith Gregson explores what can be learned about amateur sporting ancestors in online records
Plying the waters: Waterborne trade in Somerset explored
Calling your ancestors: Jill Morris looks at old phone books
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on raincoats

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - January 2015

January 2015

Parliament and the people: Nell Darby looks back at the people’s relationship with Parliament, now 750 years old
The hidden treasures of gravestones: Nick Thorne explains
Revolutionary biscuits: A slice of Dublin history revealed
Seeking out the pros: Keith Gregson explores what can be learned about professional sporting ancestors in online records
The rise and fall of the Darfield Flier: Michael Rochford reveals an interesting story of a Victorian cyclist
Archive heaven: Melvyn Jones highlights the treasures in the archives of our great landed estates
From Company to the Raj: Jill Morris explores British India
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on muffs

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - December 2014

December 2014

Called to the bar: Phil Wood samples the variety of drinking establishments in Georgian times
Mentioned in dispatches: essential WW1 records now online
Having the last word: Kirsty Gray investigates epitaphs
The toughest scrum: Keith Gregson looks into a Sunderland rugby team, 12 members of which served in World War One
Christmas behind locked doors: Kate Tyte reveals that the festive season in workhouses and asylums wasn’t all bad
The cunning folk: the history of witchcraft in Essex
Lore of the lawyers: Jill Morris tracks down legal records
History in the details: scarves and mufflers

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - November 2014

November 2014

Life's a lottery: the long history of state-backed gambling
Plots from the past: old maps to buy, with a special offer
Fresh from the front: WW1 newspapers explored
Saturday night soldiers: WW1 Territorial Army records online
Seeking asylums?: records of mental illness go digital
Stall stories: old pictures of London's East End markets
"Weak in intellect": the sad story of people with cognitive disabilities who were sent to the workhouse
The herald calls: mediaeval visitations investigated
History in the details: shawls

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - October 2014

October 2014

Housekeeping through history: Margaret Powling shows how housekeeping books can illuminate social history Celebration of place: A new one-place studies conference Wounded in WW1: Explore 1.3m casualty records online Sea changes: Karen Foy on the many ways we can learn about our migrant ancestors A walk in the park: The development of public parks The slippery poll: 18th and 19th century poll books revealed History in the details: Cloaks and mantles Places in Focus: Norwich

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - September 2014

September 2014

Scotshots: Jayne Shrimpton investigates photography and photographers in ScotlandScotland remembers: New heritage plaques unveiledThe utmost bravery: Distinguished Conduct Medals onlineWomen in war: Kirsty Gray reveals how WW1 affected women and led to major changes in societyFemale tommies: Women's nursing services in WW1Finding freedom: Records of freemen and burgessesHistory in the details: How blazer jackets developedPlace in focus: Staffordshire

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - August 2014

August 2014

Living on leftovers: Nell Darby explores the forgotten practice of gleaning after the harvestFit for a king: The new Richard III visitor centre in LeicesterJustly honoured: Military Medal records from WW1 go onlineShort o’ pobbies: Lancashire dialect and the Cotton FamineHopping through history: The hop pickers of SE EnglandTo Botany Bay and beyond: Convict transportation recordsHistory in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on straw boaters

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - July 2014

July 2014

Tracing the tiger: Paul Matthews looks at the many mindaltering drugs our ancestors might have fallen prey to Lest we forget...: The WW1 centenary begins Family reflections: Ruth Symes on the history of mirrors Were they in India?: A useful research avenue to explore From store to war: The sad fate of many Harrods staff in WW1 Graphic conflict: WW1 explored through infographics Finding the freemasons: Jill Morris enters a secret world History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on sunglasses What’s on Books Place in focus: Wiltshire Classifieds

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - June 2014

June 2014

Going the extra mile: Jenny Jones explains the history and advantages of ‘Dade registers’ Warriors in your DNA?: DNA research into Bannockburn PoW records go online: A major new WW1 resource It’s all in the cards: The history and etiquette of calling cards Not a happy lot?: Police life and work in Victorian Cheshire A life on (or behind) stage: Theatrical records explored History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on canes and sticks Place in focus: Northampton

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - May 2014

May 2014

A place for everyone?: Parish settlement orders explored
Grow more branches: 500,000 more parish records go online
Kip and kin: Ruth Symes on the secrets of the ancestral bed
When drama meets reality: Explore the roots of stars in the BBC’s new World War One nursing drama
Lumped together: How did people sleep in the workhouse?
Empty pockets: Records of bankruptcy and insolvency
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on aprons

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - April 2014

April 2014

Powering the past: Technology and the Industrial Revolution
One place, many faces: What is a one-place study?
Following the plot: A major collection of tithe records online
Class conscious: The diaries of a Victorian school
Paris of the West: Explore San Francisco in the late 19th century
Books: A round-up of recent publications
Place in focus: Explore Southampton’s history and records
Break the brick walls: Finding occupational records

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - March 2014

March 2014

Knots for Scots: Regular and irregular Borders marriages Helping the community: Join a major new volunteer project Off the rails: The context of 19th century railway accidents Counter intelligence: Take a shopping trip in Victorian times Sphere of influence: Contemporary WW1 newspapers Books/This month: Recent publications and upcoming events Place in focus: Explore County Durham history and records Break the brick walls: Tracing illegitimate ancestors

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - February 2014

February 2014

Home of industry: Nell Darby looks into working from home Secret liaisons: Jenny Jones explains Fleet marriages A wealth of wills: Wills available online have much to offer Place in focus: Explore Sheffield history and records This month: WW2 memories for National Storytelling Week Books: A round up of recent publications Break the brick walls: Advice on apprenticeship records

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - January 2014

January 2014

The bonds that last: Jenny Jones explains marriage licences, allegations, bonds and banns records Trades in the trenches: New online data reveals the roles of teachers, engineers and lawyers in World War One Hair hunting: How beards can reveal your ancestors' lives! 'A nervy lot': Kathy Chater tells an extraordinary family tale of madness and strife, all revealed by papers found on eBay Party like it's 1853: Learn some Victorian parlour games! Place in focus: Explore Kentish history and records Books: A round up of recent publications Break the brick walls: Advice on parish burial records What's on in January: Key history-related events

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - December 2013

December 2013

Know your place: Jill Morris joins DYA’s team of writers with an extended feature on exploring your British local history Picturing the past: Enjoy a new, free image archive online The flying judges: Nell Darby concludes her series on the courts with a look at the Assizes Jutland remembered: A Roll of Honour remembering those who died in WW1’s largest sea battle has now gone online Place in focus: Explore Lancashire history and records Books: A round up of recent publications Break the brick walls: Advice on parish marriage records What’s new in December: Key history-related events

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - November 2013

November 2013

The back-up brigades: The largest collection of militia records online has just been released – here’s the background Petty crimes?: Nell Darby continues her series on the courts ith a look at the Petty Sessions Grande dame of the seas: We explore the history and heritage of the legendary steamship SS Great Britain Ladies with many layers: Lucy Adlington discusses women's fashion on the eve of World War One Place in focus: Explore Lancashire history and records Books: A round up of recent publications Break the brick walls: Jenny Jones on parish birth records What's new in November: Key history-related events

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - October 2013

October 2013

Brought to court: Nell Darby begins a new series on courts and their records with a look at Quarter Sessions Trade secrets: Explore the largest searchable collection of apprenticeship records online The family killer: Paul Matthews on the ravages of typhus Roots in many places: Your introductory guide to tracing roots in the Caribbean, by expert Guy Grannum The skill of search: Maximise your online research techniques Books: A round up of recent publications Place in focus: Explore the history of Leeds Scourge of the seas: Britain’s history of piracy dates back tomedieval times – and many pirates were leading figures Break the brick walls: Wills after 1858

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - September 2013

September 2013

Light industry: Jayne Shrimpton focuses on the fast-growing trade of photography from the 19th century onward Round up the black sheep: Resources newly online will help track down ancestors with a shady past Forced from home: Chris Paton offers guidance on tracing ancestors who moved or emigrated in the Highland Clearances Books: A round up of recent publications Place in focus: Explore and research Herefordshire roots Jack and the Jews: We explore the history of prejudice against London’s Jewish community in the 1880s Break the brick walls: Wills before 1858

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - August 2013

August 2013

Find ships’ crews online: A useful new research tool Something for everyone: Mairead Mahon traces the history of department stores and how they changed shopping School records: Expert research advice from Kirsty Gray Lost way of life: London’s forgotten fishing communities Books: A round up of recent publications Taking liberties: Philip MacDougall explores the dark world of the Royal Navy’s press gangs Place in focus: Explore and research Manchester roots Break the brick walls: Death records

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - July 2013

July 2013

Thinking outside the pox: Sue Wilkes researches smallpox and how vaccination registers can help family historians
Get your research on track: New railway staff records online
Far from home: Emma Jolly explains how to trace British Home Children in both UK and Canadian records
Take to your pen!: We talk to writing expert Lynn Palermo
The public fumes: Early reactions to the London Underground
Books: A round up of recent publications
Lucky dip: An eclectic collection of indexes is now online
Place in focus: Explore and research Dorset roots
Break the brick walls: Civil registration marriage records

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - June 2013

June 2013

Voting for action: Nell Darby tells the story of the suffragettes
Operation Chastise: Records of the Dam Busters are online
Marching on their stomachs: Andrew Robertshaw explores the importance of food in the WW1 trenches
Church or chapel?: Beryl Evans reveals how to research both Anglican and Nonconformist Welsh ancestors
The plot thickens: What surname distribution maps can show
Books: A round up of recent publications
Place in focus: Useful resources for Birmingham research
Break the brick walls: Civil registration birth records

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical - May 2013

May 2013

The flying aces: Aviators' certificates are newly online
Back to paper: Simon Fowler explains how to use the internet to track down archives to visit in person
Suffer the little children: Sharon Brookshaw explores child labour in the past
Reviews: Recent publications featured, plus an interview with ebook bestseller Steve Robinson
A ruff crowd: Take a trip to a Tudor tavern
Place in focus: Useful resources for Essex research
Join the dots: Make the most of online BMD records
Break the brick walls: Guidance on the censuses