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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

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