FT August 2015

Family Tree magazine August 2015

Family Tree August 2015 is on sale now! This issue we’re inspiring you to reach out to your cousins worldwide, to make new connections and see your tree bloom as a result! Also inside this issue… Ancestry’s DNA test; Royal Navy in WWI; copyright law; dating photo mounts; oral history; Jacobites; pocket contents; semaphore; Great War women; your stories; & much, much more… Plus, free access to selected records at TheGenealogist! You can download the digital edition right now – click here! Simple steps to connect with your cousins worldwide! Discover how to unearth new facts, photos and family stories –

Blogging for family history

Blogging for family history

In the August issue of Family Tree, we have a fantastic article all about how to grow a bigger, better family tree, with genealogist and family history blogger Chris Paton exploring how collateral lines and cousin collaboration can boost our own research. In the article Chris reveals how a blog can be an excellent way to connect with cousins worldwide, ‘If there is one way to really foster links with others, it is to place the research that we have already established onto a website to act as “cousin bait”. The theory is that when others trawl the net to find

FT July

Family Tree magazine July 2015

Family Tree July 2015 is on sale now! Discover how to tell your ancestors’ stories with our essential guide to writing your family history – it’s easier than you think! Also inside this issue… 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain; genealogy & identity; sailors’ wills; ‘women’s issues’; the Hanseatic League; Lord Lyon King of Arms; the great British seaside; your stories; & much, much more… Plus, free access to selected records at TheGenealogist! You can download the digital edition right now – click here! Glimpses of the past Begin writing your family history by following these four easy steps. Identifying

FT June 2015

Family Tree magazine June 2015

Family Tree June 2015 is on sale now! With major anniversaries for Waterloo and Magna Carta this year, now is an inspiring time for a new family history research challenge and we have all the expert guidance you need. For the adventurous among us we have possible sources to help track down your medieval ancestors; and if you think you might have a soldier forebear involved in the Battle of Waterloo now’s the time to find out for sure. Also this issue… UKBMD updates; lost records; archive volunteers; heraldry; Salvation Army records; medieval fashions; WW1 music; lion queens; your stories;

FT & Diane Lindsay

Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2015 in pictures

Wow, what a fabulous event Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2015 was! We had a great time – the highlight being meeting lots of our wonderful readers – and we hope you enjoyed it too if you were able to make it. The NEC proved to be a fabulous new venue for the show, and the atmosphere was friendly and relaxed, so we’re pleased to know the event will be in Birmingham again next year. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our stand! Click on the images below to view them larger.

WIN! A Dictionary of British Place Names

COMPETITION CLOSED: Congratulations to our winners: Claire Mitchell, Kent; Pauline Fothergill, West Yorks; Katrina Day-Reilly, East Sussex; Inga Andersen, Lincs; Pauline Litton, Harrogate; Laura Boyes, Bucks; David Page, Leicester; Jimmy Milligan, Whitley Bay; Tracey Poulter, Wetherby; Frank Blades, Bath

To coincide with our fascinating and informative article on one-place studies in the May issue of Family Tree, on sale now, we have 10 copies of A Dictionary of British Place Names by A D Mills to give away. To enter the draw all you have to do is answer the following question correctly, by 17 May 2012. Ten winners will be picked at random after this date.

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A Dictionary of British Place NamesA Dictionary of British Place Names
This is an invaluable guide to the origins of more than 17,000 place names across Britain. Newly updated, it features counties, cities, towns, suburbs, rivers and coastal features, explaining their meanings and how they reflect Britain’s colourful past – from the invasions and settlement of the Celts (Dover and Leeds) to the Norman Conquest (Battle and Richmond) and more recent historical events (Peacehaven and Waterloo). Some of the more exotic place names such as California and Quebec sit happily alongside more intriguing names such as Crackpot and Pennycomequick in this rich collection from England, Scotland, the Scottish islands, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Including maps, glossaries and recommended websites for further research, this is a fascinating and useful gazetteer that you will reach for again and again.
ISBN: 9780199609086, £10.99. Published by Oxford University Press; www.oup.com.


  • To enter the competition, you must answer the multiple choice question correctly.
  • Closing date of the competition is 11.59pm on 17.5.12.
  • There will be ten winners, each receiving one copy of A Dictionary of British Place Names.
  • Winners of the competition will be announced via the website www.family-tree.co.uk.
  • Only one entry is permitted per person.
  • Competition is open only to those aged 18 and over.
  • No purchase is necessary to enter.
  • There will be no cash or alternative prize available.
  • The judges’ decision as to the winner is final.
  • No correspondence will be entered into.
  • Promoters reserve the right to amend or withdraw the competition without notice due to circumstances beyond their reasonable control.