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!