Discover Your Ancestors reaches its 100th edition!


The 100th issue of Discover Your Ancestors Periodical has just been released!

In this August 2021 edition are the following great articles including my piece on finding Ian Fleming’s homes:

      • Stocks and Bond: Nick Thorne (writer of The Nosey Genealogist blog) addresses the records for where the stockbroker who created 007 once lived
      • The tormenting verdict of ‘not proven’: Stephen Wade looks into the Ardlamont mystery and talks to the alleged killer’s great-grandson, David Potter
      • The Irristum Remedy Company: Nell Darby investigates a company run by a married couple, aimed at curing female ills – but they had their own problems
      • A tale of two cousins: Denise Bates digs into a family mystery and discovers one of her forebears played an important role in fraud investigations
      • Queen of Hearts: Caroline Roope marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Caroline of Brunswick, wife of George IV
      • History in the details: Materials – wool (part 7)
Discover Your Ancestors Periodical 100th edition
August 2021 edition of Discover Your Ancestors online periodical

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Discover Your Ancestors Online Magazine July edition

I have an article about using images to build up a family history in the latest edition of Discover Your Ancestors Periodical. 😉

That apart, its a really good read for all family historians!

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Discover Your Ancestors July 2021 edition

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In this July’s issue:

The friendless friend? Governesses worked hard as teachers, nursemaids and more, but often found themselves overlooked or trapped between different classes, says Caroline Roope

A solid trade: Brickmaking was a physical demanding and financiall risky trade – here Sadie McMullon explores the industry’s impact on one particular community

A century in the life of a Birmingham boozer: The history of a striking inner city pub reveals a surprising continuity in ownership, and censuses show a family whose lives revolved around their home. Nell Darby gets a round in

A view into the past: Nick Thorne uses images to help see our ancestors’ times

Policing town and gown: A study of Oxford’s police reports books shows a pattern of antisocial behaviour underneath the city’s dreaming spires… Nell Darby investigates

History in the details: Materials – wool (part 6)

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A Murder in the Rookeries see the Discover Your Ancestors Periodical

The latest online periodical from Discover Your Ancestors has been released and this month I have contributed an article about a terrible Victorian murder that took place in St Giles-in-the-Fields, London.

What had drawn me to this research was the scene of the crime – a big house in what was by this time a very poor area. Built for a Richard Dyott before 1665, the house had one been a large respectable dwelling of three stories. By the 1800s, however, it had descended the social scale and was now part of a private landlord’s portfolio of accommodation for the poor and where a bed could be rented for the night in exchange for 3d.


Image from The Illustrated London News October 16, 1858 retrieved from TheGenealogist Newspaper and Magazine records


I had not intended to write about the murder that took place there, and the records I found that could identify some of the characters in the trail of the accused. Initially I was fascinated by how an area where an ancestor lived can rise and fall in fortunes and was investigating this. Soon, though, the murder at Dyott’s House took over my attention!




The August edition of Discover Your Ancestors is available now and features the following:

Life and work at the beach: Jayne Shrimpton dips a toe into the history of bathing machines, changing tents and beach huts
Murder in the rookeries: Nick Thorne investigates a gruesome death in St Giles, London
Sniffing out the past: Ruth A Symes considers some olfactory routes into family history
Going for gold: The 19th century saw gold discovered in America and Canada – and people flocked from Britain to find their fortune in the goldfields. Nell Darby digs deeper
The two clairvoyants who failed to tell their own fortunes: An Edwardian trial used legislation from larceny to witchcraft to prosecute a husband and wife palm-reading team, writes Nell Darby
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on watches



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While at the NEC for the Who Do You Think You Are? Live show I managed to catch up with Andrew Chapman the editor of the Discover Your Ancestors Bookazines and online periodicals.

Some readers of the publications may have noticed that I am now a regular writer for Discover Your Ancestors, so I make no apology for this being the first of my video interviews from a great three days in Brum!

Read my article in this month’s Discover Your Ancestors periodical on the highest ranking British officer held by the Germans and found in the new online German prisoner of war records released by TheGenealogist .

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