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Upload your tree to other family history sites to get more hints

I keep my main family history research on one website, but every now and again I export a new GEDCOM file and upload it to other sites. It’s a great way to come across other living relatives, share research and uncover new hints, and doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to take out more paid-for subscriptions. Turn to page 16 to find out how you can benefit from this handy tip.

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Wnen I first launched this magazine in 2007 I remember talking to a Who Do You Think You Are? genealogist who still did all of her trees on paper. I suspect those days are long gone, and that almost all of you will have some form of electronic tree. This month Chris Paton shares advice on getting the most out of online family tree builders (page 16). Even if you are a diehard software user, there are benefits to be found online. We also head off to Coventry as it marks its year as the UK City of Culture, and take a peak at the history of the automobile industry (page 24). Although individual records are scarce, there’s still plenty to discover about life on the production line. While we were putting this issue together, the unfortunate news of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh broke. By chance I was working on Simon Wills’ article about the Royal Marines, and I was reminded that Prince Philip was the Captain General of the Royal Marines for over 60 years. Although the article was commissioned long before the news broke, it somehow felt appropriate to be honouring this elite fighting force and the men and women who served (page 61).

Finally, as lockdown comes to an end, I would like to hear about any family history projects you have started over the past year. Do please share them with me using the email below. Happy hunting!

Sarah Williams Editor


Chris Paton On page 16 Chris reveals lots of reasons why online family trees are useful. We also review his latest book Sharing Your Family History Online this month on page 83.

Simon Wills Simon is an expert in maritime genealogy with many books to his name. He shares his tips on tracing Marines on page 61 including downloading TNA records while free.

Emma Jolly Emma is a regular contributor to our ‘Q&A’ pages, and on page 52 she shares some of the many insights she has gained researching her Welsh family using free online tithe records.


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