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    FTF Online Magazine ~ Volume Three

    Summer 2009

    The August 2009 issue of FTF Magazine marks our second anniversary, as well as the start of Volume Three. We've come a long way from our first issue, but all wouldn't have been possible if it wasn't for our wonderful contributors. So a big “Thank you!” to them.

    With the schools finished for the summer and August being the traditional time to take a holiday, we thought we would make this the theme for this month. We look into the origins of holidays at home and abroad - from the 18th century seawater bathers, to Thomas Cook's tours of Europe. FTF member, Astro Lady, asked for members to share their memories of their summer holidays, and Jenoco has written this up into an article which will no doubt bring back happy memories for many readers. geordiegirl and Chrissie Smiff also tell us their memories of their childhood seaside holidays.

    Guinevere delves into the history of Barry Island and shares her happy memories of the resort, while Marjorie Dawn provides us with a fascinating insight into a seaside holiday from the 1880s, as well as from her childhood in the 1930s. No summer holiday is complete without ice-cream, and, most appropriately, the family treasure this month is a hand-made brass ice-cream wafer maker. Anne Brown tells us its story.

    New FTF member, ofap1, shares his ancestor's poetry and the stories behind it, and Just Barbara delves in the dark world of death in the Victorian era.

    We hope you enjoy the read. We'll be publishing quarterly from now on, so will be back in November. Have a wonderful summer and hopefully the weather won't put too much of a damper on your plans!

    Autumn 2009

    bunratty.jpg The theme for our November edition is Scotland and Ireland. Velma Dinkley describes what is available on Family Tree Forum to help in both areas. Researching any ancestors can be tricky and time consuming, but Irish research can be particularly difficult. Janet writes about her research into her Irish relations, which began in 1990, along the way solving some puzzles and discovering some fascinating connections with Irish history. kathsgirl.48 describes her search, over five years, for the ancestors of her grandparents who lived in Dublin City. Macbev and wulliam write about Scots who travelled far afield, one settling in Australia and the other who spent his life at sea.

    To mark Remembrance Sunday an article from Just Barbara who writes about tank crews and the featured location this time is the village of Imber on Salisbury Plain where jenoco's relations lived until they were moved out by the army in 1943.

    In addition, borobabs tells the story of her day out to find the place where her husband's ancestor farmed in 1841, which was not without its difficulties. The family treasure is Grandma's Tea Set described by Yorkshire Lady.
    Winter 2010

    In this issue, FTF Magazine sails across 'the pond' to focus on North American research. Mary from Italy delves into American history with her article 'Treason, Espionage and High Society', while Christine in Herts and Ann from Sussex trace their elusive grandfathers in America. Guinevere finds out where an American relative fits into her family tree and Trish@Somerset tells the story of a Canadian Home Child.

    For the 'My Town' feature this month, jenoco looks into the history of her home city of Vancouver, which is soon to host the 2010 Winter Olympics.

    We also have a feature on St.Valentine's Day, with stories from kylejustin, angelina and Velma Dinkley tying in with that theme. Jill on the A272 provides this month's family treasure and Lynn the Forest Fan tells the story of her fireman ancestor.

    We hope you enjoy reading this issue. Please let us know if it has helped you trace your North American ancestors. Perhaps we can feature their story in a future issue of the magazine.
    Spring 2010

    may_fp.jpg Our geographical research area this time is Germany. Delightful Dukkie has given us a guide to the changes in Europe which led up to the outbreak of the First World War and against this background Chr1s has traced their family history through Central Europe. We can also read about how Christine in Herts tracked down the German roots of Albert Morris Marks, a director of J. Lyons & Co.

    Once the bare bones of their tree are constructed, most researchers start to investigate the background of their ancestors’ lives and often come up with unexpected tales to tell. Darksecretz, Lin Fisher, bubblebelle and Vicky the Viking share their disturbing finds.

    Velma Dinkley writes about her family holiday where she found more history involved than she had anticipated. Guest author, C P Lewcock, tells how he became the “proud” owner of an example of taxidermy which may or may not be a family heirloom.

    Reading through the articles in this issues, it becomes clear that without the generosity of fellow genealogists and relatives, many of us would make little progress in our research. Elaine ...Spain describes how a contact early on in her search overwhelmed her with his generosity and Caroline writes about the random (and often unsolicited) acts of kindness which abound in the genealogical community.

    Summer 2010

    barnardo-fr2.jpg The Canadian Parliament has designated 2010 as the Year of the Home Child, and this has been the inspiration for the main theme of this issue in which we focus on Dr. Barnardo and his organisation.

    jenoco steps back in time remembering her childhood at the Peppard Chest Hospital and delves into its history, while new member weejock shares the story of the first man to be hanged in Scotland in the 20th century.

    Val and George takes her blacksmith ancestors back to the 1600s, and Christine Clissold and jennie uncover family secrets.

    Autumn 2010


    remembrance-poppy-badgeth.gif The November issue has a military theme, this time particularly looking at World War Two.

    Our lead article comes from Janet, who vividly describes her childhood in Devon during the war, Chrissie Smiff tells us of her husband's wartime experiences as a child in Wales, and Jill Harwood describes the life of local children and evacuees in Haywards Heath through the log books of St Wilfrid's CP School.


    anniern describes the part played by one of her mother's cousins in the struggle to keep the nation fed, while in the meantime, Len of the Chilterns was serving in the Army.

    Simon writes about his great uncle who served in both World Wars, Velma Dinkley writes about Newhaven Fort and its role in defending the English coast, and also tells us about a very special clothes brush which belonged to her grandmother.


    We have an article about the Halifax explosion in 1917 from jenoco and jennie tells us about a member of her husband's family who was awarded a Victoria Cross in World War One.

    This, the 30th issue of the magazine, will be the last in this form. Since the first issue, we have published almost 500 articles by 135 different authors, many of them contributing more than one.

    We would like to thank them all, since without them there would have been no magazine!


    Velma Dinkley, Caroline and jenoco




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