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Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - ADS - Claire Vaughan, Act­ing Editor

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).

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