This month Paul Reed looks at medal records, Paul Rossi finds an ancestor with scarlet fever, Jim Dickson discusses a Napoleonic war veteran, Paul Blake investigates the records of merchant seamen, Neil Darby looks at the birth of the NHS, and yours truly provides the cover feature on how to search smarter with parish records, essentially tips on how to get the best from parish records across the British Isles, including tips on how to search the IGI better with Scottish records, and how to locate dissenter and Roman Catholic records.
I've also contributed an opinion piece on the drawing to an end of Homecoming Scotland, where I put the point that successful as it was, this year from a family history point of view was really a celebration of thirty years and more of efforts by Scotland's family history community, which now has more to offer our distant cousins overseas than horrendous tartans and kilts when it comes to trying to establish one's real Scottish identity. There are also features on family history societies, aking free phone calls by internet va Skype, military records at Ancestry, wills and probate records, research in the West Midlands of England, expert Q&As, book reviews, and more, including the usual free data CD and a Battlefield Tour Guide.
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