I love the Christmas and New Year break – it’s a great time to catch up with fellow genealogists in your family and exchange notes on your latest discoveries (preferably in front of a roaring fire with a glass of mulled wine!). If you’ve always fancied delving into your family’s past but have never found the time, make 2016 the year you take the plunge – starting by uncovering the names of your great grandparents. See page 29 for our guide to the process. And if you’re a seasoned genealogist, on page 19 we reveal 50 websites to watch in 2016 for research-boosting data releases and other gems.
No doubt you’re aware of the 1939 Register release, but have you heard of the Mass Observation project, which began watching Britain in the late 1930s? It gives an amazing insight into ordinary lives at the time the Register was taken (see page 64).
Elsewhere in the magazine we show you how to uncover your suffragette ancestors’ brushes with the law (page 61), railway worker forebears (page 52), Herefordshire kin (page 81) and much more. Happy New Year!
Claire Vaughan, Acting Editor