Friday, 24 April 2009

Your Family Tree issue 77 on sale Tuesday 28th

The latest issue of Your Family Tree magazine (number 77, May 09) has a lot of Scottish content this month, as well as all the usual great features. In addition to a region guide on Ayrshire, there is news on the recent upload of the 1881 census images to the ScotlandsPeople website, whilst yours truly has contributed an all singing, all dancing, handy dandy guide on how to use the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh (including exclusive images of my receding hairline!). The article describes what to do when you arrive and details the many records now available at the centre which were previously inaccessible from the old DIGROS terminals.

In addition, there is a brilliant article on English and Welsh manorial records from Stephen Thomas, alongside articles on Indian and South Asian colonial research, child migrants, tracing WW1 officers through The Bond of Sacrifice (with Volume 1 available on the cover CD), Ancestry's new London records releases, how to scan documents larger than A4 (again, using the cover CD), ancestors on strike and more.

Else Churchill's opinion piece implores genealogists to learn more about the records collections they use, and yours truly makes a plea to the British Library to make its digitised 19th century newspaper collection online by direct access to the general public, as with many national newspapers that are available in this manner. If this happens, people in Scotland will be able to search the digitised collections of the Glasgow Herald, the Caledonian Mercury and the Aberdeen Journal, not to mention the Belfast Newsletter, the Freeman's Journal from Dublin, and literally dozens of local English titles. Currently these are available only to subscribing institutions.

All this for £4.99 (and no extra charge for the exclusive on my receding hairline, which I might have already mentioned!)

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