There’s nothing I like more during these winter evenings than settling down with my laptop to scour the internet for new records and add more names to my tree. What some people might not realise is that the data online is only the tip of the iceberg. There’s so much more in archives and museums around the country. On page 18 we give you 25 good reasons to wrap up warm and venture out to do some handson research. You won’t be disappointed!
Records come in all shapes and sizes and this month we hear from a family historian who inherited the journals of his grandfather, revealing a passion for cars. These chronicled everything to do with the motors he’d owned and in the process provided an amazing insight into the highs and lows of the family’s life.
Elsewhere in the magazine, we tell gruesome tales of bodysnatchers and show you how to research freemason ancestors, 19th-century naval forebears, and the children’s homes your ancestors might have grown up in. We also begin a new series to help you get the most out of technology – this month,, how to tidy up your family tree. Happy hunting!
Claire Vaughan, Acting Editor