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Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - CONTENTS - Sarah Wil­liams, Edi­tor sarah.wil­liams@im­me­di­ate.co.uk

I re­mem­ber when we launched Who Do You Think You Are? Mag­a­zine, the main ge­neal­ogy com­pa­nies were talk­ing about ‘the next big chal­lenge’ – digi­tis­ing parish reg­is­ters. It seemed like an im­pos­si­ble task, cer­tainly too big for any one com­pany to achieve. Now, al­most eight years on, mil­lions of parish records have been tran­scribed, digitised or in­dexed and made avail­able over the in­ter­net. It all sounds so sim­ple, and yet track­ing down which reg­is­ters can be searched on­line, and where, is sur­pris­ingly tricky. With that in mind, I’ve com­piled a list of web­sites that of­fer search­able parish reg­is­ter ma­te­rial and grouped them by re­gion (see page 17). If I’ve missed any web­sites, send me an email and I’ll share them next month.

We’ve also turned our at­ten­tion to maps this month and how you can use them to break down some of your brick walls (page 24). Again, the in­ter­net has made his­toric maps an ac­ces­si­ble key re­source for fam­ily his­to­ri­ans, so now’s your chance to make the most of them. Happy hunt­ing!

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