November 2016

If you’ve been meaning to research your family history for a while, the November issue of Family Tree is your perfect chance to jump right in! ... Read More >>

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If you’ve been meaning to research your family history for a while, the November issue of Family Tree is your perfect chance to jump right in!

Your 4-week family history research plan... Follow Mary Evans’ simple plan and you’ll have a dazzling family history in just a month from now.

Discover the world’s largest free family history website Ed Dutton explores the genealogical treasure trove of one billion records that is FamilySearch.

The census made easy See how the census can help you trace your ancestors through the decades and piece together their family units with Rachel Bellerby.

10 essential records for Scottish ancestors Chris Paton shows you the must-search sources.

You just need to ask Discover how you can get free family history advice, with Else Churchill, the Genealogist at England’s top-notch family history organisation.

Trace your family worldwide Explore the global story of your family tree with internationally renowned researcher and author Bruce Durie.

DNA tests – why you need one Do you have an unbreakable brick wall? A desire to find long-lost relations? A curiosity about your ancestors way back when? Your DNA could hold the answers to these questions and more. Debbie Kennett explains how DNA tests can help unlock these scientific secrets.

Interpreting 20th-century family photos Find new clues in old photos taken before, during and after the two world wars with expert dress historian Jayne Shrimpton.


The life and death of surnames Why do some surnames flounder while others flourish? Raymond Humphreys takes us on a fascinating journey of surname origins.

Trace your Royal Marine in the Great War Maritime historian Simon Wills sheds light on the history, records and uniform clues about our Royal Marine ancestors in WW1.

Spotlight on ... Hastings & Rother Family history societies provide a wealth of local knowledge, expertise and records for their area. Check out what this society has to offer with Rachel Bellerby.

Get your records straight Follow Denise May Levenick’s tips for truly organised family history files.

Social media know-how Communicate and collaborate with fellow genies online. Claire Santry shows you how.

Clocking on: a brief history of factory work What was it like for our ancestors, some extraordinarily young, who toiled in these urban hives of industry? Adèle Emm looks back at their experiences.

Bringing family history to life Simon Wills meets two living history enthusiasts, and realises that their passion for keeping the past alive would provide fascinating insights for family historians.

Design your own family history website Would you like to build an online home for your family tree? Mike Gould guides us through the steps of creating your own website – it can be as simple or as intricate as you wish...

Treasures from the archives A flagship project has uncovered a name-rich source of legal records dating back to the 1500s. Emma Waltham reveals the clues they hold to past lives.

Twiglets Latest exploits from our tree-tracing diarist Gill Shaw.

Thoughts on... Diane Lindsay treasures the memories of her scurrilous grannies, one and all.

Regulars: Genealogy news; Dear Tom – genealogical miscellany; Your Q&A, including photo-dating & military advice; Reviews of the latest books, CDs & apps; Mailbox – your letters; Diary dates.