As well as our monthly digital Discover Your Ancestors Periocial and the yearly print edition of Discover Your Ancestors, we have widened our range to include books, printed charts/calculators, and much more.


Regional Research Guidebook by Andrew Chapman

Every part of the United Kingdom has its own, distinctive history – not just the major battles and key historical events which may have played out there, but also the smaller details of everyday life which impinged upon the actual lives of our ancestors more directly. The team behind the popular family and social history magazine Discover Your Ancestors has put together a region-by-region guide to the United Kingdom which will give you a flavour of each area’s history and a run-down of the many useful resources available to researchers, including:

  • Details of typical occupations in each area
  • Common surnames
  • Online data resources
  • Record offices, family history societies and regimental museums
  • County boundary changes
    The British Isles have so much diverse history and character, it’s a real pleasure to explore it through your family history. This book will provide a useful reference tool to keep at hand!

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  • Researching and Locating Your Ancestors by Celia Heritage

    How should you approach researching your ancestors? In this wide ranging but succinct guidebook, professional writer, lecturer and genealogist Celia Heritage offers expert advice on how to get started using the main online and offline records, and then take research further using a variety of lesser-known resources. In it you will find guidance on subjects including:

  • Research methodology and how to record what you find
  • Key Victorian records: birth, marriage and death certificates, and censuses
  • Maps, tithe and enclosure records
  • Parish and nonconformist registers
  • Gravestones and memorial inscriptions
  • Newspapers and inquest records
  • Wills and probate records
  • Parish chest and workhouse records
  • Occupational records, including the armed forces
  • Court and manorial records
  • School registers

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  • Discover Your Ancestors' Occupations by Laura Berry

    This informative book shows how occupations can help give a more detailed picture of your ancestor's life and how trades affected their well being. As well as taking a look at digital records, it also covers some of the more unusual documents available in archives for ancestors who worked in agriculture, trade and industry, the professional classes and the entertainment sector. Going further, you can also look at living history museums where all the family can get a flavour of life as a Victorian workhouse master or blacksmith, as well as some of the courses out there for you to try your hand at your ancestor's trade.

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    Discover Your Ancestors Periodical Compendium May-December 2013

    For the first time you can read the Discover Your Ancestors Periodical in print. With over 100 pages, this compendium is packed full of features, stories, case studies, social history articles, and research advice from the May-December 2013 issues.

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    Seven Generation Research Logbook - A Family History Record Book

    This A4 family history record book is a simple and effective way for recording and displaying your research. You can enter details of up to seven generations in over 50 pages of convenient and easy to read forms. Also included is an indexed seven generation chart so you can quickly locate entries in your book.

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    Birth Year from Census Date Calculator

    An easy to follow laminated A4 folding chart to calculate the possible birth year of an individual working back from their age given at any census 1841 - 1911. For example, if you look for a person aged 45 years in the 1851 census the chart would show you that they would be born between 30th March 1805 and 30th March 1806.

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    10 Generation Relationship Chart

    An easy to follow A4 folded laminated chart to work out the relationship to a common ancestor (e.g. 4th cousin twice removed).

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    Back Issues

    We have a limited number of previous issues available to buy and upon ordering, these will be delivered direct to your door, wherever you are in the world! If you are looking to build your small but select collection of Discover Your Ancestors, the time to start is now!

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    Since its launch in 2013, Discover Your Ancestors Periodical has become an essential read for anyone interested in family and social history, packed with research advice and interesting features on our ancestors' lives. This monthly magazine has only been available online – until now!

    We are delighted to offer this complete collection of all 2019 issues of Discover Your Ancestors Periodical on CD in a convenient PDF format. Each issue is packed full of stories, case studies, social history articles and research advice, including:

    • Guidance and information about online record collections
    • In-depth explorations of key sources and records
    • Useful tips for improving your research techniques
    • and much more!

    Discover Your Ancestors Periodical Compendium 2014

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    Discover Your Ancestors Periodical Compendium 2019

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    Latest Print Issue

    Issue 9 of the critically acclaimed annual printed magazine Discover Your Ancestors is now available, featuring more than 190 pages of beautifully illustrated content to move your family history research on at pace. More than 30 stunning features about life in the past, the historic location and stars of Downton Abbey, celebrity genealogies of Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Rowan Atkinson, Charles Dickens 150th Anniversary and much more, delivered straight to your door.

    Issue 9 is now available at this website and at more than 4,000 newsagents worldwide including WHSmith in the UK, Barnes & Noble in the USA and Chapters in Canada. While stocks last you can also purchase copies of issues 1 (digital version only), 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 direct from this website.

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