If, like me, you have Irish forebears, you’ll know how tricky it can be to research them, given that many of the country’s cornerstones of family history (including some censuses, parish registers and wills) were destroyed during The First World War and Civil War in 1922. So I was intrigued to discover just how WDYTYA? pieced together Mark Gatiss’s spellbinding Irish story (see pages 18 and 22 to find out more).
Last year was, of course, the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. This month we bring you an update on the projects launched to mark the anniversary (page 25). Plus, see page 49 for a guide to online sources for tracing ancestors who fought on the forgotten fronts of WW1.
Investigating your Scottish roots? Turn to page 81 for our focus on Glasgow and page 61 for a guide to Scottish wills.
Also in this issue, find out how an exciting new release of electoral registers containing a whopping 220 million names can boost your research (page 52); and for fans of Downton Abbey, we go below stairs to look at the lives of domestic servants (page 64).