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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 sarah.wil­liams@im­me­di­ate.co.uk

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