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From the Family Tree archives

Family Tree is celebrating its 30th birthday this year! With the November 2014 issue Family Tree will be 30 years old and by some margin the oldest national family history magazine published in Britain. Michael Armstrong, the founder of Family Tree, has been delving into the archives, recalling some of the treasures we’ve published, many of which were sent in by our readers over the years…

Custom House London, 1808

Custom House London, 1808

As far back as 1983, Lord Teviott had moved the second reading of the Public Records (Amendment) Bill.  Its purpose was to transfer to the custody of the Public Record Office (now The National Archives) records of births, marriages and deaths over 100 years old.

It was proposed that the records be microfilmed and that the general public be given direct access to them.  This would put an end to having to order certificates and wait for them to arrive through the post.  In the event however, after the Bill had passed through all its stages in the Lords, and was due for its second reading in the Commons on 13 May 1983, it fell with the dissolution of Parliament.

*Thirty years on and we still have to pay for a certificate, but at least we must be thankful for the fact that we are able to see the indexes online. For the benefit of the younger family historian the form at that time was that we had to travel to St Catherines House in London and search through the heavy tomes a year at a time to find the entry we hoped was right then order a copy of the certificate and wait for it to arrive through the post.  The only alternative was to look in the local county record office, but they held only the records for its own county. 

At Nottingham Town Sessions a man named Mann was sentenced to 14 years transportation to Australia, just for stealing a pair of woollen drawers.

Did you hear the one about the Englishman who was emigrating to Australia?  While he was going through the formalities in the Australian customs he was asked if he had a criminal record.  “No, sorry,” he replied, “I didn’t think we still needed one.”

Did you know that a great many records of emigrants to the USA were destroyed in a fire at Custom House London in 1814?

In our March-April 1985 issue a filler tells us that the 1842 Mines Act followed a Royal Commission review on the exploitation of children in coal mines.  It said that boys under the age of 10 should not work down a coal mine at all, neither should females of any age.  It had been found that, in some cases, children as young as four years old had been working up to 12 hours a day alone and in darkness, and girls as young as six had been carrying coal on their backs.

Family Tree magazine May 2014

Family Tree May 2014Family Tree May 2014 is on sale now & as it’s our 350th issue, we’re celebrating with a bumper giveaway! This month we delve into the secrets of sources, revealing 500 years of family history records – who created them and how to use them! Also inside this issue… Customs & Excise ancestors; land records; translating foreign records; Devon Wills Project; new technology aiding research; family photo fashions; heraldic visitations; your stories; & more… Plus, free digital data for every reader!

You can download the digital edition right now - click here!

350th issue giveaway Don’t miss your chance to win some fantastic family history goodies in our special competition to mark our 350th issue!
The great faces of family history We look at the great and the good record-keepers of the past 500 years who laid the groundwork for the hobby we enjoy today.
Protecting our island Discover how to research the uniformed Customs and Excise ancestors in your family tree.
Landlord or tenant? Learn to use formal land records, from tenancy agreements to deeds, to trace your family’s roots.
In plain English Don’t let records in a foreign language flummox you – find out how to use online tools such as Google Translate with our easy guide.
Piecing together the past Take a behind-the-scenes look at the Devon Wills Project.
This job’s killing me…Our ancestors’ occupations were often unhealthy – and even deadly.
Free digital data Get access to free records via our exclusive family tree search site.

Local history on your mobile – how a heritage project is bringing history to life across Wales using the latest smartphone technology.
The New Forest at war – discover the New Forest’s fascinating World War II history and find out how technology is helping us learn even more.
It’s all about class: heraldic visitations – find out just how useful heraldic visitations are for family historians.
Family fortunes – a riches to rags ancestral tale spanning more than 250 years…
Dedicated followers of fashion – a look at fashions in family pictures.
The knitting brigade – discover home comforts offering hope to WWI troops.
Making the cut – make sense of your family’s surnames.
Reader story – our ‘funny’ blood.
Twiglets – catch up with the latest adventures of our tree-tracing diarist Gill Shaw.
Thoughts on… Diane Lindsay considers history  repeating itself, and a centenary quilt.

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.

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Exclusive subscriber offers

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Profligate SonThe May issue features a fantastic book giveaway competition exclusively for subscribers. We have one copy of each of the following books up for grabs. To enter the draw, simply email with the title of the book you would like to try to win in the subject line. You will need to include your subscriber number or state if you are a digital subscriber. If you wish to enter the draw for more than one book, please send a separate email for each entry (only one entry per book per person). See page 64 of the magazine for further details.

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