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!