The new series of Who Do You Think You Are? is in full swing and here in the office we’re really enjoying the mix of stories and historical periods – not to mention the fascinating documents the show’s researchers have unearthed. I spoke to Jane Seymour about the challenges and detective work involved in making her wonderful, if tragic, episode (see page 18). We also have advice on how to research your own Polish-Jewish ancestors (page 22).
There are some great new data releases out there to explore. Findmypast has added 1.9 million records to its criminals collection (turn to page 52 to find out how to get the most from them), while those of you with merchant marines in your family tree will be glad to hear that a whole raft of 1915 crew lists has been launched for free online (page 61).
Also this month, we mark 100 years of the Women’s Institute changing lives and making jam (page 64), and bring you top online sources for fishermen, a guide to tracing County Durham kin, plus Irish research tips from the author of a racy new book about Dublin courtesan Pegg Plunkett. Happy reading!