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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Pauline Ocimek took a DNA test and thanks to a DNA match, was contacted by a Polish cousin, leading to her find ...

10/12/2018

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The topic of remembrance of the First World War heroes is a subject very close to Daren Norris's heart, and is one ...

27/11/2018

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‘My father always used to tell me there were opera singers in the family’. So real-life story author Raymond ...

26/11/2018

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Across more than 100 years and five generations, 11-year-old Lukas Tremaine-Stevenson and his parents, made a ...

26/11/2018

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Since August 2014, every month without fail, author and researcher Keith Gregson published a 'snippet' about World ...

09/11/2018

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Ancestry and the Royal British Legion are commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War by ...

08/11/2018

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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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