Every month I learn something new about family history – just one of the reasons I love my job so much! After reading Audrey’s guide to the 1939 Register, I feel like an expert and I hope it will inspire you to revisit your family on the eve of World War Two (page 15).
I’ve also enjoyed reading about the variety of jobs carried out by our air force women (page 20). It’s 100 years since the formation of the RAF and we shouldn’t forget the thousands of women who played a part in keeping Britain flying through both world wars. If there’s someone in your family who joined the RAF, WRAF or WAAF, we’d love to hear how you are marking the centenary. For those who fought in the First World War, you could add details to their entry on the newly redesigned Lives of the First World War site (page 60). Whatever you are doing, I hope Claire’s article on spring-cleaning your family tree (page 26) will inspire you with new enthusiasm for your research. And for those of you carrying out Scottish research, Chris Paton’s article on Kirk and other records (page 54) should help you on your way.
Finally, we have had some readers ask about our use of bit.ly links. If you see a website in our magazine that starts with bit.ly, it’s just a way of shortening a long web address. Happy hunting!