I can’t believe it has been ten years since I launched this magazine. So much has happened over that time in the world of family history. I remember the excitement when the 1911 census went online and more recently the 1939 Register.
I have also marvelled at the treasures being revealed by the digitisation of newspapers. When we started Who Do You Think You Are?
Magazine, newspapers were used mainly to check the ‘hatched, matched and dispatched’ columns because, unless you had a specific location and date to search, you didn’t stand a chance. Now we can search millions of pages in a matter of seconds.
Another major development has been the digitisation of parish registers. I remember someone telling me, in our early days, that there were simply too many parish registers for them all to go online. Well, I’m feeling a lot more optimistic now. Ancestry’s digitisation of London parish registers has transformed research in the capital and new collections are coming online all the time. Look out for major new additions to FamilySearch.org as they continue to digitise their collection of microfilms.
Over the past ten years I have seen research transformed. The internet has enabled us to access richer content and break down brick walls more easily than ever before. But the core values of family history have stayed the same. It’s about understanding the diversity of where we come from and honouring the memory of those who came before us. Here’s to the next decade!