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24 Hours at WaterlooWith the 200th anniversary of the epic and brutal battle of Waterloo just around the corner, occurring on 18 June 2015, we are giving away one copy of a new book that gives a fascinating and well researched account of the single day that defined the course of Europe’s future, 24 Hours at Waterloo, 18 June 1815, by Robert Kershaw. [Read more…]

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Family Tree Christmas 2014

Family Tree ChristmasFamily Tree Christmas 2014 is on sale now and filled with delights to see you through the festive season. Take stock of your family history research this year, and look forward to another year of genealogy adventures! Inside this issue… Shocks and surprises; tracing soldiers; WW1 in East Africa; the YMCA; Victorian pauper children; Scottish retours; DNA tests; insurance records; your stories; & more… Plus, free access to selected records at TheGenealogist!

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Be careful what you wish for There may be shocks and surprises in store when you first start your ancestral research.
Researching your soldier Discover the records you can enlist at The National Archives to trace your non-officer ancestor.
The campaign to be remembered Did your WW1 forebears fight in the ‘forgotten’ campaign in East Africa?
A little bit of home The YMCA provided your First World War relatives with ‘a little bit of home’ when they needed it most.
What happened to Victorian destitute children? Discover what life was like for your poor child ancestors in institutions such as orphanages and cottage homes.
Retours: the great unknown… Never heard of Retours? Find out all about these useful but little-known Scottish records.
Which test is best for you? DNA tests for genealogists put under the microscope.
Doing their bit too The moving stories of children in wartime.

Family archive – we go behind the scenes of a remarkable project that has digitised a rich family archive.
Protecting their assets – how insurance policies can give valuable insights into your family’s past.
Reader story – DNA & my ancestral tree
One for the album – a photographer shares his tips after spending 2014 documenting his living family.
Using your research skills as a museum volunteer – this issue’s Research Zone reveals a family historian whose research has added a personal touch to a museum’s treasures.
The census enumerator of 1881 – a colourful account of a census enumerator’s experiences.
Top search tips: mastering keywords – find just the records you need using the Master Search facility on the
Researchers beware! – the dangers of assuming the origins of surnames.
Reader story – three brothers-in-arms
Twiglets – catch up with the latest adventures of our tree-tracing diarist Gill Shaw.
Thoughts on… Diane Lindsay reveals why she loves Christmas.

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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