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January 2012

Issue 204

January 2012

Your New Research Resolutions

Our January issue is full of articles to help you refresh your research in 2012 and stick to your New Year's research resolutions.

CLAIM YOUR COAT OF ARMS  Do you suspect an aristocratic branch in your family tree? Our heraldry expert Anthony Adolph will help you discover if you can claim a coat of arms with his guide to heraldic history and how to use heraldic records in your research. 

MAKE BMD BREAKTHROUGHS Steve Thomas challenges traditional research methods and shows how to cut corners but still get the results to go back generations. 

INVESTIGATE ILLEGITIMACY Illegitimacy is one of the biggest stumbling blocks in family history research. Charlotte Paton looks at original sources to reveal tragic tales of seduction and abandonment and gives advice on how to solve problematic parentage. 

DANGEROUS DOSING Melody Amsel-Arieli looks at our ancestor's reliance on the perilous prescription of laudanum to cure everything from colds to cancer.  

With many new records being digitised in 2012 now is the time to brush up your research skills. We bring you our genealogy course recommendations to get your research off to a flying start.

ROOM AT THE COACHING INN  Robin Quinn travels back in time to discover Britian's lost coaching inns and explains how to trace travelling or inn-worker ancestors.  

FIGHTING FODDER   Dr Rachel Duffett chews over the less than luxurious rations that fuelled the First World War and discovers what soldiers really thought of their dull diets. 

REGIMENTAL RESEARCH Jeremy Palmer reveals the history of the ever-evolving Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey).

BRANCHING OUT Mike Gibson reveals how to use your genealogy skills for different projects. This month: How to trace soldiers recorded on local war memorials.

WHAT'S IN A NAME? Anthony Adolph looks at the origins of the surname MacLean.
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