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Spring 2010

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. 

FTF Reference Library: Germany and Resources Worldwide.

Towards a World War

The act of 'political terrorism' which propelled two great alliance systems into the First World War was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (heir apparent of the Austrian throne) and his wife Sophie, in Sarajevo, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian province...

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Wo kam er her? (Where did he come from?)

My addiction to family tree research really cut in when I started in earnest in February 2004. Since then, I have been in the habit of sending around instalments of information about new discoveries – primarily to members of the family who are into genealogy, like me,...

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A Family History in Central Europe

Be warned that this article spans several generations – you may want to make some coffee before starting! Although seven of my great grandparents were from Yorkshire, I have one German great grandfather, who emigrated to Britain in the 1890s. My half-German...

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My Shocking Discovery

Back in September 2009 I started a thread on Family Tree Forum's General Board asking members what was their most disturbing genealogical find. Members replied with some rather shocking stories, some of which are published in this issue of the magazine. The reason why...

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Historical Thrills and Spills

As some Family Tree Forum members already know we took our two children (aged 8 and 6) to north Staffordshire for February half term, primarily for the purpose of a visit to the Alton Towers theme park, which had opened especially for the week. Whilst I took my new...

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Accidentally Killed

When you first start researching your ancestors, it is often fairly easy to get back to the early-to-mid 19th century using birth, marriage and death certificates in conjunction with census information. To get back to generations that pre-date 'official' registration,...

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Uncovering Uncomfortable Truths

I have always felt that a branch of my family had secrets locked away, maybe a bit of bigamy or criminal past, something juicy to get my teeth into, a bit of a joke really. But there is that saying ‘be careful what you wish for’. Over the last few years, I have been...

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Destitute and Desperate

My most disturbing family history story is that of my 4x great grandfather, John Brammer, who hung himself after becoming destitute.  John Brammer was the second of three sons born to John and Sarah Brammer, and was baptised on 3rd July 1774 at St Wulfrem’s Church,...

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Of Sparrow Hawk and Ladybirds

A cause of curiosity to all and horror to some, I have a battered glass case in my living room containing a stuffed sparrow hawk with her bullfinch prey.  Their theatrical heathland backdrop has been torn apart to reveal layers of Victorian small ads for, for...

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Genealogy is all about sharing

Without the generosity of fellow researchers, many of us would make little progress. It might be because you are stuck or it may be the need for advice. Whatever the reason, it won’t be long before you discover that you can’t research in a vacuum and find yourself on...

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