Every time there is a new series of Who Do You Think You Are? on TV, we get an influx of people wanting to uncover their own family’s past. It’s great that the programme is still inspiring the genealogists of the future.
A lot has changed in family history since that first episode of WDYTYA? in 2004. More records are now online, making it easier to get started, but those initial steps can still seem daunting. So we’ve put together a simple guide on page 23 to help you on your way.
It seems crazy that we can know so much about our 19thcentury ancestors but so little about our more recent family. Most of the records currently online are pre-Second World War so it can be tricky to find later records, but Emma Jolly is on the case with her 20 tips on page 15.
I’ve also turned the spotlight on local birth, marriage and death certificates this month. Now that most birth and death records can be ordered from the General Register Office for just £6 (see page 11), it can make local certificates seem quite pricey. However, turn to page 28 to see my reasons why going local may break down your brick wall.
Finally, I hope you continue to enjoy the TV series. Watch with us on Twitter and get more details about each episode on our website.
Sarah Williams Editor firstname.lastname@example.org