WDYTYA Magazine: April 2024

Here are the feature articles from the new issue, and selected highlights.

Parish Registers
Jonathan Scott unveils his region-by-region guide to the essential websites that can help you uncover 500 years of family history. It’s mostly an update on what’s available on the usual suspects: Ancestry, Findmypast, TheGenealogist, FamilySearch, freereg, and local sites.
Agricultural Prizes
Nina Hoole explains what the prizes awarded at agricultural shows can reveal about our ancestors. I identified folks in my family tree who moved from north to south Norfolk though prize announcements in the British Newspaper Archive, available through Findmypast.
Crime & Punishment
In “The Long Arm of the Law”, Angela Buckley investigates how the Victorians cracked down on a growing problem. Again, in my experience newspapers are the best resource for finding those involved in criminal cases.
Irish Newspapers
Genealogist Nicola Morris shares her expert advice for
using Irish newspapers to boost your research

Best Websites
Jonathan Scott picks the best online resources to
explore the origins and history of your family name,
including digital dictionaries and one-name studies.

British Army Officers
In the Masterclass series, Phil Tomaselli explains how to research British Army officers’ families as a major release arrives on Ancestry.

Nick Peers reveals how to create a stylish family history
chart using the website, and reveals some issues

Devonshire Archives
In the Around Britain series, Jonathan Scott explains how the collections held in archives in Exeter, Plymouth and Barnstaple can help your research.

There’s lots more, all available free if your public library provides online access.

One Reply to “WDYTYA Magazine: April 2024”

  1. I’m currently reading this in Libby – fantastic issue! I use newspapers all the time for my research and love teaching others about how useful they are.

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