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June 2009

Issue 170

June 2009

Elementary Research

TRASH IN THE ATTIC?
One man’s dusty box is another man’s treasure chest. We explain what valuable clues can be up there for your research.

Badges, bayonets and bugles
Were your ancestors in the armed services? We examine some of the objects they may have kept.

 FIRST STEPS IN FAMILY HISTORY
The first part in a new series for beginners. Step 1: Talk is cheap

SPOTLIGHT ON THE SHETLAND ISLES
Research on these most-Scandinavian of Scottish islands

CLOCK AND WATCHMAKERS
Who were these masters of ultimate skill?

THE ENGLISH CIVIL WAR
Was your ancestor a Roundhead or Cavalier?

GUILD OF ONE-NAME STUDIES
How the GOONS can help you

THE SURNAME BARKER
The etymology and distribution of this common name

‘MY GRANDMOTHER SENT HER CHILDREN AWAY’

‘MY STEPMOTHER WAS MURDERED’

LOCAL FOCUS: Rugby Family History Group

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