Real-life stories

Family history is all about the stories – the tales of our own ancestors’ life experiences, their adventures, triumphs and tragedies. By researching our family trees and tracking down the historic records we can uncover the past, learn about the times that our forebears lived through, and ultimately discover who they were, and where we’ve come from. Check out our growing collection of real-life family history stories written by readers of Family Tree. Hopefully their inspiring examples will encourage you too to write up your own family history...

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On discovering a long-lost letter in the local archives – written from the Western Front in 1915 – Family Tree ...

10/10/2018

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Bletchley Park, the former top secret codebreaking station, has launched a new oral history project in a bid to ...

14/09/2018

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Former codebreaking staff have been reunited at a special event at Bletchley Park, the top-secret World War Two ...

07/09/2018

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Professional researcher Kim Cook shares her experiences of dealing with family skeletons and secrets, as we ponder ...

28/08/2018

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As part of the RAF’s Centenary Programme, the RAF Museum has launched RAF Stories, a free digital resource ...

07/08/2018

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Simon Michael explores a fascinating family history dating back 500 years that has influenced his series of ...

11/05/2018

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There are so many ways in which to remember our lives. Anne Renwick's family have a project which combines being a ...

04/05/2018

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When an orphan, age 6, turns up at his new school - and the paperwork says 'Robert', and he says he's 'Albert' – ...

23/04/2018

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This is the charming (and frank!) account of a Victorian governess's work and life as told through her letters, ...

09/02/2018

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In the shadow of Roseberry Topping, family historian Carol Hagland's ancestors had earned their crust as ironstone ...

09/02/2018

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Christine Chaney belongs to a small cultural organised which has organised a successful WWI day, and now has plans ...

09/02/2018

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On discovering a newspaper article that described a battlefield tour that had taken place in 1926, Mary Chandler ...

09/02/2018

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