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    FTF Online Magazine ~ Volume One


    August 2007

    In the first issue of the FTF Online Magazine, you will find a mixture of interesting articles and resources which we hope will help you with your research. Our writers for this issue are samesizedfeet, Grampa Jim, Guinevere, KiwiChris and Lemon Nelly. All have been members of Family Tree Forum since the start and have been researching their trees for quite a number of years between them. In this issue, we also have a guest author, Douglas Holmes, who retells his experience of having survived the torpedoing of the SS Strathallan in 1942.


    September 2007




    October 2007 ~ Grandparents

    The October edition leads with a collection of memories of members' grandparents. The theme was inspired by a thread within the Community Boards. Other members were approached to expand on their contributions to the thread. We have articles from Olde Crone Holden and Merry Monty Montgomery who tell us about some of their more unusual connections in their Family Tree as well as Joy Dean's story about visiting her ancestral roots in Suffolk.
    November 2007 ~ Military

    Our November issue has a military theme. The lead story and its related articles describe how to use a variety of military records in researching your family history. In other articles, Georgette writes about a relative who served in Lucknow, KiwiChris tells us about her great great grandmother who was at Scutari and Christine in Herts describes how she was able to persuade the Commonwealth War Graves Commisssion to amend the details of Great Uncle Cecil.

    In addition, Wendy Pusey tells us about the gun carriage which finished up in somebody's garden, guest author Dawn Lewcock shares her wartime memories of Buckinghamshire and Guinevere recounts her day at the LDS Roadshow in Coventry.
    December 2007 ~ Family Myths

    This is only the fifth month of publication and we're already going from strength to strength. Many thanks to all contributors, in this and past issues, because without you we wouldn't exist. We are planning various themes for the coming months and nearer the time we will be appealing for stories on the Magazine board. Everyone is welcome to contribute. This month's issue leads with an article by Ann from Sussex based on her thread on the General board asking members for their own family myths. The membership responded with a fascinating mix of stories and four of these have been made into articles of their own. Look very closely and you will spot Royalty amongst the photographs!

    Not letting Christmas pass without a mention, Cherry Tradewell recalls her post WW2 Christmas childhood memories, whilst yummy-mummy-of-2 tells of her mother's unhappy Christmastimes. Guinevere explains the history behind her family's special way of celebrating, Suejmog recalls a family story of when her merchant seaman uncle surprised the family by returning home from sea in time for Christmas and Sunny Kate has put her traumatic memories of Christmas 1974 into poetry. Velma Dinkley delves into the history of Christmas and the origin of some of its traditions, and Cloggie tells of how Sinkerklass is celebrated in her homeland of Holland. We also have stories from Rosie Knees, Daisiesinmay and Pippa Doll, based on their own family tree research.

    Last, but by no means least, please take a look at Muggins in Sussex's Christmas crossword. This is the first in an occasional series. Look out for the solution in next month's issue.

    Which just leaves us to say "Merry Christmas to all Family Tree Forum Magazine's readers and all the very best for 2008".
    February 2008 ~ Crime

    "Have any of you got any interesting stories about criminals, or family members who were the victims of crime?" This question, posted by quiffdo last September, launched the idea for the theme of this issue. Once again the members came up trumps with a wide variety of nefarious ancestors lurking in the branches of their trees.

    Backing up this month's theme is the launch of a new initiative. Each month we will be running a thread on the research board, based on each issue's theme, to assist members in researching similar stories in their own trees, drawing particular attention to the resources to be found in the wiki.
    March 2008 ~ Mothering Sunday and Adoption

    With Mothering Sunday falling this week, we decided to celebrate women in this issue and we have articles about three very special women. The girls who went into domestic service would often only see their families on this day of the year so this month's feature article focuses on the life of a domestic servant. In addition we have four very moving stories which describe different experiences of adoption.
    April 2008 ~ Maritime


    Maritime Special
    thread on the Research board.
    May 2008 ~ A Nation of Shopkeepers
    "L'Angleterre est une nation de boutiquiers." ~ Napoleon

    The May issue of FTF Magazine looks at member's shop keeping and business owning ancestors. In addition, Muggins in Sussex describes the occupation and liberation of Jersey.

    The vast majority of images in this issue have been donated by FTF members and the magazine team would like to take this opportunity to thank all those contributors, as well as the authors of the articles, whose efforts all go to make the magazine a great success!

    In this issue, we also take a look at member's 'Family Treasures' - possessions passed down through the generations into the hands of a keen family history researcher! Three members tell us the stories behind their family heirlooms. More of these stories will follow in next month's issue.

    June 2008 ~ Smiths



    July 2008 ~ Religion

    Welcome to the July issue of FTF Magazine, which has been inspired by Family Tree Forum's Places of Worship (PoW) Project. Our members have been working hard collecting images of churches, chapels, synagogues, citadels etc, from all over the country, some of which are included in this issue. There are presently over 5500 images in the project, which is an excellent achievement - well done to all concerned! However, there's still plenty of work to do, especially now the project has expanded to include Scotland. If you would like to help, then please take a look at the Regional Co-ordinator boards, as well as the Places of Worship Project pages in The Wiki.

    In this issue, Georgette takes a look at church related occupations and members share the stories of clergymen found in their trees.

    The gathering of photographs for the PoW Project was never going to be an easy task, and some members have had more than their fair share of mishaps trying to obtain the 'perfect shot', as Liz from Lancs found out on her recent thread on the subject. She brings us a humorous article based on her findings. Whilst the church provides us with the records of baptisms, marriages and burials, which are particularly useful before Civil Registration, Guinevere and Olde Crone Holden examine the other types of written records which can be helpful in family history research.

    Continuing the 'My Kind of Town' and the 'Family Treasures' features, Yummy Mummy of 2 tells us about her home city Peterborough, and Caroline shares the stories behind her family heirlooms.

    However, we lead this issue with the story of Katarzyna's parents-in-law, Stanislaw and Anastazja, who were both captured as prisoners of war in Poland in 1939 and transported to the horrors of the Russian gulags. In 1941, after the Germans invaded the Soviet Union and the Russians became the Poles' allies, they were both released to trek to Kazakhstan to join the recently formed General Anders' Polish Army, for which Stanislaw fought in the North African and Italian Campaigns, most notably at Monte Cassino. They married in Egypt in 1945, and unable to return to the free Poland for which they had fought, they came and made their home in Britian. It's a fascinating and heart-wrenching story and we feel privileged that Katarzyna chose to share their story with FTF Magazine readers.

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