October 2023

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Family Tree is packed with tips to enable you to uncover and tell your own remarkable family tales! Family history is full of such stories, isn’t it? Those tales, and twists and turns of fate, that simply stop us in our tracks. Read on to discover what you will learn about in the October issue of Family Tree, and the skills you will master to trace those true tales of your own.

On Sale: 08/09/2023

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This issue sees our experts:

  • trace the life of a Victorian orphan sold to a French vicomte and subsequently the heiress to his magnificent riches;
  • investigate the coastal community and families of Flamborough Head and its famous lighthouse;
  • unearth the burial records of people, many of whom met tragic, untimely deaths.

Such stories! However, they are not just any stories, but true stories. Family Tree is packed with tips to enable you, too, to uncover and tell your own remarkable family tales! So, dive in to the latest issue, out now!

Supercharge your search: evidence discussed
Phil Isherwood invites us to reflect on ‘evidence’ and the way in which we use it in our family history

Dear Paul
Genealogical miscellanist Paul Chiddicks shares tales of witches and rather harrowing burials of yore

Notice the witnesses
Simon Wills reminds us to keep an eye out for the names of our wider family

26 top tips! Find out how to use MyHeritage better
Janna Helshtein shares user tips for traditional and DNA research

DNA Workshop
DNA advisor Karen Evans steps up to help with a missing grandfather and a confusing ethnicity estimate

The power of memories
Emma Jolly investigates the role of memory in dementia care
Using wills 
Family Tree Academy tutor David Annal demonstrates the many uses of wills for researching ancestors in England and Wales

Spotlight on...
The Railways: Work, Life & Death Project

with Project Co-Leader Dr Mike Esbester
Preserving your family’s oral history
Audio engineer Thomas Blakemore is here to share some tricks of the trade to help us save our family audio files. Part 1.

Orphan to heiress
Gill Shaw’s genealogy adventures are straight out of Dickens this month... 
Flamborough lives
Sue Greenwood delves into the past of Flamborough Lighthouse and its people

Thoughts on...
Diane Lindsay firmly believes we need to learn the lessons of the past, and reminds us that forgiving is not forgetting

Plus: reader letters & questions, news, reviews & genealogy events to enjoy!

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