The popularity of our Q& A pages just goes to show that we all welcome a bit of expert advice now and again, so we have asked 17 of the UK’s leading genealogists what tip they would share to help us raise our game (see p15). I hope you find it as useful as I have!
Have you ever found yourself getting so engrossed in a subject you end up becoming a bit of an expert on the topic? Denise Bates started researching a mining community and ended up sharing her knowledge online. Turn to page 27 to read her advice on what it takes to set up your own specialist website and be inspired by her choice of sites set up by other enthusiasts.
I was delighted to meet Heather Potter, one of the stars from the BBC series Victorian Slum, at Who Do You Think You Are? Live this year and hear how the experience had renewed her enthusiasm for family history. On page 34 you can find out about two of her ancestors whose slum background fuelled their personal fights against social injustice.
We’ve also got a fascinating article about Scottish death records ( I just wish English and Welsh death certificates included so much information); tips on researching Second World War POWs inspired by Lisa Hammond’s episode of WDYTYA?; lots of advice on tracing Norfolk ancestors (that’s me sorted!) and a quick guide to passenger lists. Phew! That should keep you busy until next month. Happy hunting!