• The Magazine: Volume One


    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

    http://www.familytreeforum.com/../.....50px-Sep07.jpg Our second issue of the magazine coincides with the first anniversary of the launch of the Family Tree Forum website. The strength of the site is the help which members give each other – from genealogy to problems with their computers via gardening hints.

    Our Reference Library has been created from members' recommendations over the past year and continues to expand. The Research Advice forums are always busy with people helping each other break down brickwalls or finding elusive ancestors in census returns.

    The Community boards provide help, support and advice on a wide variety of topics including more general threads about genealogically related discussions. One of these threads, “Why did you start your family history research?”, started by Simon in Bucks, forms the basis of three of this month's articles. Other members have shared their personal genealogical detective work, including another Simon who writes about his search for his biological mother.

    October 2007 ~ Grandparents

    http://www.familytreeforum.com/../.....00px-Oct07.jpg 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

    http://www.familytreeforum.com/../.....50px-Nov07.jpg 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

    http://www.familytreeforum.com/../.....3/39/Dec07.jpg 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".

    January 2008 ~ Emigration

    http://www.familytreeforum.com/../.....00px-Jan08.jpg Welcome to the January edition of Family Tree Forum’s magazine and a very Happy New Year to everyone from all of us who help produce the magazine. A very special Happy New Year, and our thanks, to the members who have contributed articles for the magazine. We had thought it would be an occasional or quarterly publication but, thanks to our members, we have enough material to produce a monthly magazine.

    This month we have been looking in particular at emigration and you can read stories about how ancestors of FTF members left their homes for the New World. There is also an article about the movement of Germanic speaking people across the world.

    We also begin a new series this month about the occupations of our ancestors, coordinated by Georgette. We begin with agricultural labourers or ag labs, as we have come to know and love them. It’s a very rare tree that doesn’t have a few ag labs.
    If you have any interesting stories about your ancestors please contact the team, although we often have themes there is always room for articles about anything to do with Family History.

    I was very pleased when Caroline asked me if I would write this month’s introduction because it gives me the opportunity to thank both Caroline and Velma for all the hours they work putting together the magazine. Those of us who help out on the fringes know that our excellent magazine is very much the fruit of their labours. Guinevere

    February 2008 ~ Crime

    http://www.familytreeforum.com/../.....00px-Feb08.jpg "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

    http://www.familytreeforum.com/../.....00px-Mar08.jpg 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

    http://www.familytreeforum.com/../.....25px-Apr08.jpg This month commemorates the 96th anniversary of the sinking of the ocean liner the ‘Titanic’, with the loss of around 1500 lives. Velma Dinkley has written about the ship and the disaster, as well as looking into the life of the captain, Edward J Smith and providing a guide to tracing ancestors who were on board. Alongside the articles, we take a brief look at various seafaring occupations.

    We have seven stories from FTF members who have researched their seafaring ancestors, which make fascinating reading. We hope that these have inspired you to trace yours.
    If you have any questions, then please join in with the discussion on the 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

    http://www.familytreeforum.com/../.....00px-Jun08.jpg We lead this issue with our new ‘My Town’ feature. Rosie Knees has written about her home town of Newark, which has a fascinating history right back to Roman times. Everyone is welcome to write about their town for a future issue, as well as setting up a page about it in The Wiki.

    We also continue the family treasures theme. Sue from Southend and Joan of Archives tell us about the stories behind their particular family heirlooms. For the Occupations Section we look at the largely forgotten craft of the wheelwright and blacksmith, who both played an important role in keeping the population moving before the coming of the railways and the era of motorised transport. Velma Dinkley and jemima puddleduck write about their wheelwright and blacksmith ancestors, whilst Caroline shares her discoveries, gleaned from newspapers, about her great x2 uncle who owned a horse and carriage repository, and Lynn The Forest Fan tells us about her research into her ‘Smith’ ancestors.

    We also have articles from kathsgirl.48, who shares with us her emotional story about how she reunited a family, from Guinevere who explains how she found a new living relative, and from Delightful Dukkie who continues her story about German migration, which she began in the January issue.

    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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