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    FTF Online Magazine ~ Volume Two

    August 2008 ~ Printing and Publishing

    Welcome to the first anniversary issue of FTF Magazine. We have had a fantastic first year and have featured many fascinating articles by Family Tree Forum members. We would like to thank every single one of them as they have contributed towards the continuing success of the magazine. You will notice a few changes this month.

    Beginning the second volume of the magazine coincided with a major upgrade to the software which runs the magazine and gave us the opportunity to incorporate some new features and a new look. The first volume can still be found through the menu at the top of the page.

    This month we felt it appropriate that we look at the printing and publishing industry and members share the stories of their ancestors who worked in this field. We also take a look at the invaluable resource of newspapers in our research and members share stories which they have found about their ancestors, which are sometimes shocking, but in other cases have solved a family mystery, which in turn has demolished a personal brick wall.

    We continue the My Town and Family Treasures features. This month Gwen@Coggiecorner tells us about her home town of Coggeshall and bev&kev recalls the story of her amazing find connected to her seafaring ancestor. Also in this issue Mavis by the Moor shares her research, inspired by a folk song, into the Cornish miners who went to work on Sark in the 1830s and 1840s. We would be most interested in hearing whether one of your ancestors was among them.
    Margaret in Burton tells us about her Granny, who in the 1960s, was the the oldest licensee in Staffordshire. Margaret will be writing about the Burton brewing industry for the October issue of the magazine.
    September 2008 ~ Education

    Introducing the theme of Education, Guinevere looks into the history of the teaching profession and the various resources that can be used to trace teacher and pupil ancestors and Georgette examines the role of the governess. Merry Monty Montgomery, Marjorie Dawn and Roger in Sussex provide stories of their academic ancestors, whilst Jill on the A272 shares with us the entries in the Victorian logbooks from the school where she works in Haywards Heath in East Sussex.

    In this issue we look at the theme of reunited families, Yummy Mummy of 2 and Gloryer share their stories, whilst Sherlockslovechild draws from his expertise providing tips and advice on tracing living people.

    We finish the trilogy about the Bluett family from Paul Barton, Special Agent, with an article about the untimely death of Thomas Bluett in 1846 and Cath RJ shares the story of her great x4 grandmother, Ann Banton, who lived to the grand old age of 101. Continuing the My Kind of Town and Family Treasure features, Jennie writes about her home town of Boston in Linconshire.
    October 2008 ~ Brewers and Brewing

    The brewing industry theme of this issue was suggested back in April by Family Tree Forum member, Margaret in Burton, who was appalled at the announcement that the Coors Visitor Centre, the museum of brewing in Burton upon Trent, was to close this summer. The museum opened in 1977 in the joinery shops of the Bass Brewery, to mark the company’s bicentenary, and holds a wealth of artefacts, all serving to bring Burton 's proud heritage to life. The closure has been a sad blow to the town and efforts to reopen it are still ongoing. Most of the photographs illustrating Margaret’s group of articles were taken at the museum before its closure

    Whilst researching my family I have experienced some bizarre coincidences and spooky happenings. I wanted to know if I wasn’t alone, and what with Halloween approaching I thought I’d ask the members of FTF for their spine-chilling tales. Members share their stories in this issue. Continuing the ‘Family Treasures’ feature, Jessbowbag explains why one particular ornament in her garden is very precious to her.
    November 2008 ~ Remembering Military Ancestors

    This year marks the 90th anniversary of the signing of the armistice which brought an end to the hostilities and bloodshed of the First World War on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Those killed in both World Wars, as well as many others over the centuries including those in more modern times, will be remembered this Remembrance Sunday so we felt it most fitting that we should make this a special Remembering Military Ancestors issue.

    We have an excellent research guide to tracing your military ancestors and stories from members going back over 200 years, from the Battle of Trafalgar, the Peninsular War and the Crimea, through to the First and Second World Wars, covering the three services of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.

    In two moving stories we take a look at World War Two from two very different perspectives, that of a soldier and of a child. We also look at an act of remembrance and a trip to the war cemeteries of Belgium to find the name of a great uncle on a memorial.

    For the My Town feature this month, we focus on Chatham and its naval connections which go back over 400 years.

    As a taster for our December issue, which has a theatrical theme, samesizedfeet explains why her growing collection of theatre memorabilia is her particular family treasure.
    December 2008 ~ The Theatre

    Welcome to the Christmas issue of FTF Magazine. This month we are focusing on the acting profession and featuring stories about members' theatrical ancestors. Georgette looks into the history of the profession from its humble Mediaeval beginnings through to the spectacle of the Victorian theatre and the 20th century, whilst Marjorie Dawn examines the history of the pantomime. Look very closely and you may spot a familiar good fairy! The acting profession is renowned for its uncertainty, so Velma Dinkley tells us why the union, Equity, is important to the industry. She also looks at the life and works of Charles Dickens, the author of 'A Christmas Carol'.

    After whetting our appetites last month, samesizedfeet brings us her dramatic dynasty of theatrical ancestors who were the celebrities of their time, and Merry Monty Montgomery shares the story of her distant relation, Annie Horniman, the founder of the repertory theatre movement. We also have stories from Ann from Sussex, perth tiger and Chrissie Smiff.

    As genealogists, we are often asked if we have discovered a famous relation. quiffdo was able to make a connection to the actor, writer and director, Sir Bernard Miles, while jennie was able to confirm that her husband was related to Sam Hardy, the early 20th century England goalkeeper. We also take a look at Glyndebourne, home to the annual opera festival, and Gwynne explains why a piece of lava is so very special to her.
    January 2009 ~ The Medical Profession

    Welcome to the first issue of 2009, in which we are focusing on the medical profession, as well as looking at mental health and the lunatic asylums. Bo the Bodger has been able to trace her long line of medical ancestors back to the late 18th century and Mary from Italy has discovered an Army surgeon, who was in Boston, Massachusetts, at the time of the American Revolution. We have stories about nursing ancestors from Chrissie Smiff and anniern, and Merry Monty Montgomery recalls her late aunt's first experience of the use of Penicillin, as well as writing about Bedford Pierce, a pioneer in the treatment of the mentally ill. This month we focus on the hospital at Stoke Mandeville and Geraldine delves into its history.

    Velma Dinkley reports on the recent release of records from the Victorian period for Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire and of the exhibition of artefacts at Reading Museum, as well as writing about her relative who was terrified of the asylum. Guinevere brings us the sad story of her ancestor who was committed, and Little Nell explains how she discovered her connection to 'The Mad Pork Butcher', Jacob Isenschmidt, the man arrested on suspicion of being the Whitechapel Murderer in 1888.

    For the family treasure feature, jennie tells us why a ship’s compass, which has recently come into her possession, is very special to her.
    February 2009 ~ Industrial Revolution: Textiles

    In the first of a trilogy of editions dealing with the Industrial Revolution, we concentrate on our ancestors associated with the textiles industry. Velma Dinkley looks at the development of the industry from the cottage weavers to mills and Guinevere looks at silk weaving in Coventry. Olde Crone Holden looks at the life of her hand loom weaver and Simon in Bucks at his ancestors who were linen collar cutters. Jill on the A272 and Margaret of Burton explore the different lives of their tailoring ancestors and we have two articles about lace, one from Elizabeth Herts who looks at hand made lace from Devon and Mary from Italy tells the story of her ancestor who manufactured lace in Nottingham. Merry Monty Montgomery tells us about the contents of her grandmother’s treasure basket and jenoco has compiled a collection of reminiscences of their pinny wearing ancestors from members.

    This month we begin a series of articles which will look at all the different aspects of the Family Tree Forum, of which this magazine is only a small part. This month we include a guide to The Wiki, its Reference Library and turn the spotlight on the Costume Gallery. A competition was recently organised amongst the membership to select a poster to advertise the forum and the three most popular posters are available to download.

    Roger in Sussex has come up trumps again with a selection of illustrations from his copies of The Penny Magazine, for which we are very grateful. They have been used not only to adorn the front page, but also in some of the articles.
    March 2009 ~ Industrial Revolution: Transportation

    As Velma describes for us in her article on the Industrial Revolution and Transportation, the advent of the railway created enormous opportunities for all our ancestors, whether it was for the monied classes or for the humble agricultural labourer. The importance of this is reflected in the number of articles in this edition which deal with the railways. Dizzy Digital Cat describes the first trials of the steam engines, where George Stephenson’s ‘Rocket’ was the winner. Many of us have come across workers on the railways in our research, from carmen or shunters to navigators, but most of us are not lucky enough to have much detail about their personal lives. Christine in Herts and Merry Monty Montgomery tell us about their relatives who worked for the Great Western Railway and Velma gives us some background to this important railway company.

    In addition, Nasher describes his huge collection of Railwayana and his lifetime fascination with trains and Wendy Pusey writes about her husband’s work as a volunteer at the Havenstreet Steam Railway. Away from trains, Howie from Gwent writes about his father’s, and his own, work in road haulage while Mary in Italy has written about a relative who designed and patented the hansom cab and designed the Great Indian Peninsular Railway.

    The Family Treasure this month is an interesting brass tin belonging to Mavis by the Moor. This month, the Spotlight on FTF looks at the various ways in which the site can help with researching your surnames.
    April 2009 ~ Industrial Revolution: Mining

    This month sees the third issue of our trilogy about the Industrial Revolution. The focus for the lead article by Velma Dinkley is coal, and its subsequent effect on the iron and steel industry. Vicky the Viking has written two articles for us; firstly about discovering her family's mining heritage and secondly the death of her husband's great aunt in an horrific mining accident. Barbara Dodds writes about the fatal accident of an underground worker and Meridian Line describes the inspiring story of her great great grandfather who was orphaned at the age of eight but rose to become a colliery manager and J.P. Away from the pits, Guinevere writes about her Allenders who were involved in the iron and steel industry and rkic talks about his connections with the Elswick lead works.

    The long awaited publication of the 1911 census caused great excitement on the boards and Velma Dinkley records the findings of some of the members. Moulting Owl writes about how the census solved one of her long standing mysteries while Caroline found herself following the trail of a murderer who had a possible connection with her great great grandfather.

    In addition, we have an article from Rosie Knees about her great great grandfather and his military career. This month the Spotlight is on the Community boards of the Family Tree Forum and in particular the areas where photography is important. Once again, we are indebted to Roger in Sussex for providing the black and white illustrations on the front page.
    May 2009 ~ Money, Money, Money

    The theme Money, Money, Money covers a wide range of possibilities. In this month's issue, Marjorie Dawn takes a look through the eyes of Herbert de Fraine at the internal workings of the Bank of England and also his own working life there. Merry Monty Montgomery shows us that having great wealth or success does not always make for happiness.We have a story about the business failure of her relation from sally and jenoco gives us a tale from Val wish Id never started concerning forgery and embezzlement. Caroline writes about a bank clerk cum financial journalist and Elizabeth Herts writes about Robert Heath, hatter, and how his extended family benefitted from his will.

    Many of us think that our ag labs had uneventful lives - if they lived on the coast this may be far from the truth. After all, they are hardly going to put smuggler as their occupation on a census form. Caroline has a look at the history of smuggling and the reasons for it as well as some of the occupations involved in its prevention and also writes about some of the smugglers' activities in the West Sussex area. Merry Monty Montgomery tells us about a man who managed to be on both sides of the law.
    Our Family Treasure article this month is from Sunny Rosy and Just Barbara reminds us not to forget her Grannie's cousin Bobby and other soldiers who lose their lives in war.

    The Spotlight this month is looking at the FTF Places of Worship Project, our database of pictures of religious buildings, how it works and how you may be able to help.
    June 2009 ~ Antipodean Research

    Welcome to the June issue of FTF Magazine which we devote to Antipodean research. Australia was first discovered by Europeans in the early 1600s, however it was the late 18th century which saw the first convicts and troops arriving on its shores and establishing penal colonies, which were the origins of the major cities as we know today. Delightful Dukkie provides an insight into this period of Australian history, whilst dicole focuses on her home 'town' of Sydney and its evolvement into a modern cosmopolitian city.

    It was gold and wool which were the economic making of Australia, and Sunny Kate and Val and George delve into these further. Sunny Kate tells the story of her ancestors who were lured by the prospect of gold. Val and George also looks into World War Two Prisoner of War camps in New South Wales, as well as telling us of how she, her husband and her family emigrated to Australia as '£10 Poms' in 1964.
    Yvonne from Oz, MacPanda and jenoco tell the stories of how their ancestors arrived in Australia, and Mary from Italy and KiwiChris provide excellent guides on how to trace your Australian and New Zealand ancestors.

    Moving away from the Antipodes, we celebrate Father's Day by bringing you stories from Rosi Glow and Little Nell, who remember their late fathers with fondness and affection.

    This month, the Spotlight looks at how Family Tree Forum can help you demolish the infamous genealogical 'brick wall'. If you are not a member and would like help breaking down yours, or think that you can help those who are stuck, then please join us by registering at Family Tree Forum.
    July 2009 ~ Housing the Nation

    Welcome to the July issue in which we focus on property, housing and the home. We look at the problems of housing the nation, from the humble rural hovel and the city slum to the advent of social housing and home ownership. We also delve into the world of the poor laws, the workhouse and almshouses. At the other end of the social scale, Olde Crone Holden tells us about her 'Manorial Holdens', whose lineage she has traced back to the 12th century.

    Bo the Bodger describes the beautiful house in which she grew up, whilst Sherbertrose shares her amazing story that her grandfather actually built the house in which she lives. Michael uncovers carpenters, builders and masons in his ancestry and Rosie Knees looks at her beerhouse keepers.

    For the 'My Town' feature this month, Jill on the A272 focuses on the Sussex county town of Lewes, with its rich heritage of historic buildings, and Just Gillian shares the story of her family treasure.

    This issue's 'Spotlight on FTF' looks at how Family Tree Forum can help you with your computer queries, whether it be using family history software, or everyday problems such as using the forum, how to scan a photo or installing new hardware.

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