Could your ancestors be our cover stars?


29 September 2016
Sheila_Rhodes_with_Photo_for_Family_Tree_Magazine.JPG-49488.jpeg heila Rhodes holding the original wedding photo of her mum and dad
Would you like to see your ancestor on the cover of Family Tree?

Family Tree November's fabulous cover shows Sheila Rhodes' mum and dad, Tom Strutt and Alice Arrand, on their wedding day at St Mary's Church, Barnsley on 18 July 1917.

We love to be able to use our readers' precious family photos on the cover of the magazine, as nothing says family history more than a genuine and treasured family snap. Would you like to see your ancestor on the cover of Family Tree? Follow our tips below to find out what makes a great cover shot and how to send it to us.

What we need

  • In the first instance, please email us a good quality scan or photograph of your image, sending it to [email protected].
  • Be sure to include the entire border of the image.
  • And shoot in natural light, avoiding shadows.
  • If the photo is behind glass, please remove it if possible.
  • The image quality needs to be a minimum of 300dpi, at the exact size of the original photo.
  • If your file size is too large to easily email, please use a free file transfer service such as Dropbox or

Further tips

In an ideal world, clear stylish head and shoulder shots are good, with the subject looking at the camera, black and white, 1950s and earlier. But other pictures such as people on the beach or with old cars could also be good.

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The picture ideally needs to be not too fiddly and really eye catching.

Please do not post original photos to our offices.

We look forward to receiving your images!

Pictured: Sheila Rhodes holding the original wedding photo of her mum and dad, which appears on the cover of Family Tree November.