WEL­COME

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - WELCOME - Sarah Wil­liams Ed­i­tor sarah.wil­liams@im­me­di­ate.co.uk

I ’ve re­ally en­joyed this month. Shar­ing some of my tips for bust­ing brick walls (see page 15) has re­minded me of how much I love fam­ily his­tory and the thrill of the chase! If you want to take your sleuthing skills even fur­ther, then why not con­sider a fam­ily his­tory course? Claire Vaughan has had a look at what’s on the mar­ket – I hope it in­spires you (see page 22). It seems an age since the last se­ries of Who Do You Think You

Are?, but when I heard that the Scot­tish As­so­ci­a­tion of Fam­ily His­tory So­ci­eties was run­ning a con­fer­ence and fam­ily his­tory fair in April (see page 93) with the theme of crim­i­nal an­ces­tors it re­minded me of singer-song­writer Lulu’s story. Dur­ing her episode she dis­cov­ered that her grand­fa­ther had been in and out of prison as a young man. On page 28 his­to­rian An­drew Davies, who ap­peared in the episode, gives a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into the crim­i­nal un­der­world of that time.

Fi­nally, we’ve prob­a­bly all got a pho­to­graph some­where of an an­ces­tor sport­ing a feath­ered hat. I never re­ally thought about how those feath­ers were supplied in the past, so I’m grate­ful to Si­mon Wills for fill­ing me in (see page 66). Although I en­joy the de­tec­tive work, I also love learn­ing about the past and adding con­text to my tree. I hope you do too!

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