From the office: Problems are there to be shared

By Editor, 8 May 2014 - 9:20am

There may not be answers to every problem, but there's certainly no harm in asking says editor Sarah Williams

Wednesday 7 April 2014

Sarah Williams, editor
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I wish I knew the answer to everything. Even a bit more knowledge would be good. I’ve been the editor of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine for coming up to seven years now so I’ve read a lot of advice about how to overcome genealogical brick walls but I still don’t know everything.

Two of the main things I have learned unfortunately rather contradict each other:

1) sometimes records just don’t exist
2) don’t give up on your search, you never know when a record might turn up

I’m not sure how you square that circle. However, there is an even more important thing that I’ve learned which is that sharing your research problems can sometimes be the best way to overcome them. We believe passionately about that here at WDYTYA? towers which is why we have the largest Q&A section of any family history magazine.

It’s also why we have invested time and energy into building up our forum. We wanted to create a friendly place where family historians could meet up and help each other out. And thanks to the talented, enthusiastic ‘genies’ who frequent our forum, brick walls are being knocked down left, right and centre.

So I was delighted to have the opportunity to invite some experts onto our forum each week and give family historians the chance to ask them questions. It’s just one more avenue for people to try. Join us on Friday lunchtime where we play host to Else Churchill from the Society of Genealogists or post your query in advance here. It will be a different guest each Friday so keep an eye out for details in our email newsletter and online.

Finally, don’t forget you can also send questions to our panel of experts for our Q&A pages. You can send your query to WDYTYAquestions@immediate.co.uk or write to us at Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, Immediate Media, Tower House, Fairfax Street, Bristol BS1 3BN.

Please keep your question simple but give as much detail as you can. If your question is chosen then it will be sent to an expert and the answer will appear in a future issue of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine.

Of course, you still have to remember:

1) sometimes records just don’t exist
2) don’t give up on your search, you never know when a record might turn up Happy hunting! (and see you on Friday)

 

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