Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Family Tree May 2018

Here's the comprehensive table of contents for the May 2018 issue of Family Tree including sections I generally don't list.

Family history news
Latest news with Karen Clare, including the online launch of the IWM’s War Memorials Register and one of the largest church festivals in Europe marking two major anniversaries of interest to family historians.
Walking ancestral homelands
Join David Venner as he walks in the footsteps of his forebears along a 50-mile riverside trail in Somerset and discovers family connections to the countryside and towns back to the 16th century.
Dear Tom
Get your monthly fix of genealogical gems and funnies with Tom Wood.
Comment: The article includes mention of the first name Singular. FreeBMD has 1 birth, 2 marriages and 3 deaths by that name. Ancestry's collection has about 30 BMD mentions  and 11 census mentions in the US. In Canada there are 2 BMD mentions and 2 in censuses.
Get your hands on history
Delve into a wealth of genealogical treasures with Helen Tovey as we explore some of the nation’s key archives and their websites and show ways we can use them to find clues about our family history.
Comment: A helpful overview of the National Archives, National Records of Scotland, National Archives or Ireland, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, British Library, National Library of Wales, National Library or Scotland, National Library of Ireland.
3 questions my mother left unanswered
Bernard Barker grew up in a respectable home where curiosity was encouraged, but after his mother died, questions formed in his mind about the past.
The feel of fashion: 1880s & 1890s
Learn about the clothing worn by your late-Victorian ancestors with dress historian Jayne Shrimpton.
Building a better future
The housing crisis is nothing new, reports Amanda Randall as she explores the history of purpose-built towns created to improve the lives of our ancestors, right back to the 1700s.
A breaking point survived
Keith Gregson investigates the Spring Offensive of 1918, a series of attacks by the Germans along the Western Front towards the end of the brutal Great War. Many of our ancestors would have been seen action, been taken prisoner or lost their lives.
The lunch-hour genealogist
Squeeze just 60 minutes of family history into your daily routine and you'll soon see your tree start to blossom. Get cracking with Rachel Bellerby’s suggested projects and genealogical crossword fun.
Family Tree Academy
Improve your family history research skills with our Family Tree Academy, which has case studies to research, old documents to decipher and answers to last issue’s challenges. Tutor David Annal takes you through your genealogical paces.
Banished from Britain
The Irish poor Discover the Irish paupers who found themselves forced home from England, Scotland and Wales. Chris Paton finds rich pickings for genealogists in lesser-known records of poverty-stricken families.
Books
Enjoy some of the latest genealogical reads with Karen Clare, including a Q&A with author Steve Ward about his new book on the life of Britain's founder of the modern circus.
Great War memorials project
Simon Wills finds out about a project that is proving to be a wonderful digital resource for family historians researching Warwickshire men killed in WW1.
Family Tree Subscriber Club
Don’t miss this issue’s exclusive competitions and discounts for subscribers to Family Tree.
The men who said no
This issue in her monthly website spotlight, Julie Goucher delves into a thought-provoking resource recording the history of conscientious objectors during the Great War.
Comment: Interesting database at http://www.menwhosaidno.org/.
Techy tips for family historians
Make the most of digital devices, websites, apps and gadgets, with genealogical web guru Paul Carter.
Spotlight on Bedfordshire Family History Society
Geoff Sewell and Mary Wooldridge introduce a family history society that has been helping people explore their ancestry for more than 40 years.
Twiglets
Latest exploits from our tree-tracing diarist Gill Shaw.
A taste of home
Learn all about the work of the unsung heroes and heroines of the NAAFI, who dished up a taste of home to thousands of members of the Armed services during WW2, with John Leete.
Coming next in Family Tree
Your Q&As: advice
Get top family history help with Mary Evans, Jayne Shrimpton, David Frost, Tim Lovering & guests.
Diary Dates
Find family history exhibitions, courses and events for your calendar this May.
Mailbox
Your entertaining and informative letters and Keith Gregson’s Snippets of War, plus crossword answers.
Comment. Includes Calgary genealogist Wayne Shepheard's recommendation of the book A Cold Welcome: The Little Ice Age and Europe’s Encounter with North America (Harvard University Press, 2017) by Sam White. 
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Thoughts on...
Diane Lindsay is haunted by the story of a beautiful and tragic great-aunt who died in childbirth.

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