This month the magazine has a distinctly criminal edge to it... We chat to Anne Reid about her forger forebear John Reid – see page 18. (She had me in stitches when she relived the moment she read about his crimes in the Presbytery minutes). Plus we have a guide to the convict resources used to piece together his amazing story. Elsewhere in the magazine, we meet a reader who uncovered a whole criminal dynasty on his family tree (page 32). Then we have a guide to using Chancery Court records to uncover the legal arguments your forebears may have been involved in (page 52).
Ever wondered if you’re descended from royalty? It’s certainly a popular topic on our website. In our feature on page 25, we reveal the clues to look out for that signal a gateway ancestor, while on page 16, Alan Crosby investigates one of his ancestors who, so family legend has it, had blue blood.
We also have a useful round-up of online links to free books; reveal how to find Scottish wills on the internet and take a look at what the exciting new release of Catholic parish records can bring to your research. Phew!