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Well, it’s fi­nally here – the ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated 1939 Reg­is­ter is now avail­able on­line. We show you how to get the most from this fan­tas­tic re­source, en­abling you to suc­cess­fully track your an­ces­tors among a jaw-drop­ping 41 mil­lion names (page 18). It’s go­ing to rein­vig­o­rate many peo­ple’s re­search. I’ve al­ready found the birth date of my great great grand­fa­ther us­ing it – some­thing I’ve been seek­ing for the past 20 years!

With the fes­tive sea­son upon us, we look at the his­tory of car­ol­ing (page 64), re­live John Lewis’s cel­e­bra­tions of yule­tide past (page 30) and re­veal the doc­u­ments from the 2015 se­ries of WDYTYA? that made the re­searchers feel like all their Christ­mases had come at once (page 25).

Want to flesh out your pre-civil reg­is­tra­tion parish reg­is­ter and will dis­cov­er­ies? We have a prac­ti­cal guide to plun­der­ing 18th- cen­tury records on page 52. Also in this is­sue, un­cover more about the Blitz; read our tips on in­ves­ti­gat­ing your Swansea an­ces­tors; plus track down your civil­ian he­roes us­ing a new record re­lease (page 61). Merry Christ­mas!

Claire Vaughan, Act­ing Editor

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