Fill in some genealogical blanks – and record them your own way!
It’s May already – nearly the halfway point of the year. I hope many of you have already succeeded in breaking down some brick walls in your family history research, fulfilling New Year resolutions in the process!
How you record and track your ancestors seems to be very much a matter of personal taste, with readers regularly telling us about their favoured means of recording and filing (as you can see from this issue’s letters page, in fact!). In her column this month, Else Churchill writes of how technology has enabled her to update her family tree on the train, and I have to say that I find using the Ancestry app on my mobile phone invaluable (even if its ‘tips’ on what was happening at the time my ancestor was alive can be somewhat irritating, especially if I know it wasn’t an event my family member was involved in, or even interested in).
We’d love to hear from you about your favoured methods – whether you stick to paper and folders or have favoured apps or computer systems.
In terms of helping you to solve some genealogical blanks this month, Doreen Hopwood looks at the various ways in which our ancestors commemorated their dead, and how you can locate these forms of commemoration. Meanwhile, Sue Wilkes has been using Findmypast’s Catholic Heritage Archive and has provided us with some background and advice on Catholic records, and how to make the most from the archive. But our main feature this month looks at a job that many of our ancestors will have held at some point – that of being in service. I’m really pleased that Michelle Higgs, author of Servants’ Stories: Life Below Stairs In Their Own Words, has written this piece on finding the servants in your family tree, utilising her knowledge of this area.
So enjoy this issue of YFH, and let us know what you find out this month!
How you record and track your ancestors seems to be very much a matter of personal taste