Fill in some ge­nealog­i­cal blanks – and record them your own way!

Your Family History - - News - Nell Darby Editor yfh@his­to­ry­mags.co.uk

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

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