Learn more about the hobby you love with Family Tree magazine
Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of family history as Family Tree editor Helen Tovey reveals how the magazine can help you find new ideas and resources for tracing your ancestors and discovering what their lives were like.
Family Tree has been helping family historians of all levels to trace their ancestors’ lives since 1984. We warmly welcome people to this fantastic hobby from around the globe, and we’d really love you to join us. Read on to discover how we can help you become a great (or greater!) genealogist...
With research stories, case studies, in-depth masterclasses and more, we will help you explore the archives and websites of the English-speaking world to track down those essential records and clues to piece together your own family story. To follow are just a few of the many ways in which Family Tree will help you piece together the puzzle of the past.
1. Family Tree Academy
We get how challenging it can be to have family history conundrums that you just can’t quite solve. We understand that it can be bewildering trying to make sense of the records of the past. Yet we also know how truly enjoyable it is to solve those problems and to equip yourself with the knowledge and genealogy skills you need to further your family research.
To this end we’ve developed the Family Tree Academy – giving all readers of Family Tree (of either the print or digital issues) the opportunity to join us in our genealogy learn-along. Every issue we bring you, for instance, examples of old handwriting to transcribe, interesting historic documents to decipher and case studies to pit your ancestor-hunting wits against. In the following issue we chat through the answers, and set exciting new challenges for you to learn more issue after issue.
2. Expert advice
In every issue of Family Tree we feature in-depth masterclasses with leading genealogists on essential family history records. We showcase reader questions with answers that demonstrate to you how to solve your own family history problems too. Our ‘techy tips’ series will help you make use of the latest in the way of gadgets, software, apps and more to create digital family history research to be proud of.
3. Fun & friendship
At Family Tree we’re all about family history and within our community we love helping people to further their understanding of their family’s story. Researching our family histories can be a very poignant experience as we investigate the lives of the generations that have come before us. Yet it’s also a curious and amusing hobby that is endlessly fascinating – there is always something new to learn. Every issue we enjoy sharing your reader stories and letters, and our star contributors (exclusive to Family Tree – Diane Lindsay, Gill Shaw and Tom Wood) add to the fun and friendly atmosphere of the magazine.
4. Surprise yourself!
When we search the internet, we each seek the answers to questions we already have. When you open the pages to Family Tree, however, we take you on a journey back into the past, revelling in family history research. We will spark new ideas to help you trace your ancestors’ lives. We will show you alternative approaches that you might not have thought of. And we will share with you (or remind you of!) sources that you’ve not yet come across.
With Family Tree you will enjoy a relaxing, challenging and inspiring read that stretches your family history knowledge, and helps you piece together the story of your family’s history.
Join Family Tree and discover the many ways in which this UK magazine can help you research your own genealogy too.
Family Tree is published every four weeks as both a traditional print and interactive digital edition, and we welcome readers from around the globe.