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“Tracing Your Roots” is back for another series

23 Sep

The genealogy radio programme Tracing Your Roots is back for another series on BBC Radio 4, in fact it started last week but I am only just catching up with the news. This is series five and there are five episodes in the series.

Each week presenter Sally Magnusson and genealogist Nick Barratt look at a different aspect of genealogy, mainly focused on investigating particularly tricky or unusual stories around a particular theme. For example the first episode of this series was based around tracing ancestors who vanished without trace.

The programme usually focuses of four or five stories, and features interviews with those carrying out the research and then Nick Barratt will discuss possible avenues of research or the results of his investigations. Unlike the TV series Who Do You Think You Are? this programme features ordinary people not celebrities and each story is quite brief.

Nick Barratt is probably the UKs best known genealogist, so the programme it is a great place to pick up hints and tips to help in your research and to discover new sources and where to find them and how to use them.

One of the best things about the series is that it is available as a podcast, which is great for people like me who can’t be listening to the radio at 4pm on Tuesdays when the programme is broadcast. The other good thing (for listeners in the UK at least) is that you can currently listen to all the episodes from series four online at the BBC website.

Your Family History: A new family history magazine for the UK

22 Apr

Your Family Tree Today I picked up the first edition (May 2010) of a new UK family history magazine Your Family History. It is published by Wharncliffe Publishing Ltd and is an unofficial successor to the discontinued Ancestors magazine (it also has the same cover price of £3.99).

At first glance it is very similar in appearance to Ancestors and has all the features you would expect from a family history magazine, such as news, internet news, reviews, lists of events and courses.

There are some interesting articles in this first edition. Of topical interest is an article on the genealogy of the three main candidates in the 2010 Election. On the practical side there is a beginner’s guide to making a video biography.

I was intrigued by the article on the supposed failed German invasion on the Suffolk coast (Shingle Street) in 1940. It certainly made me interested in reading more about the story and will check my local library for some of the material mentioned in the article.

This first issue has a Spotlight on Sussex which I was naturally drawn to. It contains details of the three main archives in Sussex, the West Sussex Record Office, the East Sussex Record Office and the Brighton History Centre. There is also an article on the private archives of Hatfield House, Hertfordshire.

The theme of archives continues in The Last Word, where Nick Barratt (Editor-in-Chief) reminds us that our archives and local study centres are in danger of closure and cuts, and need our support to ensure their survival.

It is an encouraging first issue, a worthy successor to Ancestors. There is a good selection of experts (who we are introduced to in this first issue) writing on a wide range of subjects and answering readers queries

You can find out more about the first issue, learn about the experts, subscribe to the magazine, sign up to the newsletter and submit your stories on their website.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live: Day Three

28 Feb

The third and final day of Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010 got off to a rather damp start (more rain), but at least I didn’t have to get up quite so early today.

As expected the crowds were smaller today, but still plenty of people about. I arrived a few minutes late for Josh Taylor’s (from the NEHGS) talk on "Online tools for learning US research strategies", this was really interesting for someone who hears/reads a lot about US research, but hasn’t really been actively doing any. You will be pleased to hear that Geneabloggers got a mention!

Next up were the three talks that were part of the one-day conference:

  • Peter Christian on Where is the Genealogists’ internet going? – a look at what could or should happen in the genealogy field in the coming years.
  • Julian Litten on The English way of death – a fascinating talk on the history of funeral arrangements and coffin design over the years.
  • Nick Barratt on The mists of time: researching your medieval family history – a whirlwind tour of the sources available for medieval and early modern family history.

Then I had an appointment with Ancestry.co.uk to scan some documents, that was a lot quicker than I expected, and I came away with a memory stick of images of some larger documents and one large photo which had previously been scanned by me in sections.

As things had quietened down at the Ask the Experts area I decided to give them a try. Picking their brains on Mercy TROWER and her missing marriage and dying husband. I was relieved to hear that I had pretty much covered all options, they could suggest no further avenues of research.

Then all that was left was a final walk around the stands, many of which were starting to pack up and go home, as had most of the visitors. I had a quick chat with a gentleman from My History about the virtues of the Family Historian software and then made my way home.

Another great show, I felt I gained a great deal from my visit, probably more than last year, but I wonder if I could have been better prepared. It is hard to get away from the commercial side of things and remember that there are literally hundreds of experts (including the attendees) willing to share their knowledge.

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