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Sally Magnusson presents a series exploring the practice of researching family history, one of the UK's most rapidly growing pastimes. Meeting both experts and amateur genealogists, she discovers the huge range of resources available, and the detective work and lateral thinking sometimes needed to make the most of them. With the right tools, we can not only construct our family trees but also find out how and where our ancestors lived, what they did, and sometimes even how they looked.

Sally Magnusson presents a series exploring the practice of researching family history, one of the UK's most rapidly growing pastimes. Meeting both experts and amateur genealogists, she discovers the huge range of resources available, and the detective work and lateral thinking sometimes needed to make the most of them. With the right tools, we can not only construct our family trees but also find out how and where our ancestors lived, what they did, and sometimes even how they looked.
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London, United Kingdom

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BBC

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Sally Magnusson presents a series exploring the practice of researching family history, one of the UK's most rapidly growing pastimes. Meeting both experts and amateur genealogists, she discovers the huge range of resources available, and the detective work and lateral thinking sometimes needed to make the most of them. With the right tools, we can not only construct our family trees but also find out how and where our ancestors lived, what they did, and sometimes even how they looked.

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English


Episodes

What Happens Next: Part 2

10/11/2011
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The accidental tourist who turned out to be a full blooded revolutionary. The family tale of Queen Alexandra attempting suicide. And finding the POW father who returned to Germany after the war. Sally and Nick discover new information and lasting repercussions as they revisit three of their favourite Tracing Your Roots stories.

Duration:00:28:06

What Happens Next: Part 1

10/4/2011
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When Sally and Nick are able to provide vital new clues for listeners, they often wish they knew what listeners decide to do next with this new found information. Today Sally and Nick follow up on a few of their favourite stories from past series and discover the remarkable consequences one tiny detail can lead to.....

Duration:00:27:58

Caribbean Roots

10/5/2010
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October is Black History Month and this week Tracing Your Roots hears from listeners with family ties to the Caribbean. We follow Monica Brown, whose family come from Jamaica, as she makes an emotional trip to Zanzibar, visiting the underground chamber where slaves - including, she believes, her ancestors - were kept in horrific conditions before being sold. She wants to know more about her east African heritage. Rosemarie Barnes also has slavery on her family tree, or so she thinks. Her...

Duration:00:28:03

Radicals and Revolutionaries

9/28/2010
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This week the popular Radio 4 genealogy show presented by Sally Magnusson features listeners whose ancestors may have been involved in revolution or radical actions. Trying to find records pertaining to revolutions is always tricky, since by their nature revolutions are fraught with chaos and upheaval. Files tend to be mislaid or destroyed, or too secret to have been placed in national archives. However, when an ancestor gets involved with revolution as well as high profile legal...

Duration:00:28:04

Vanishing Without Trace

9/20/2010
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In the first of a new series, Sally Magnusson goes on the trail of ancestors who vanished without trace, abandoning their families either by choice or by force of circumstance. The mother who handed her three-day-old baby to the Foundling Hospital in London in 1758 left no clues to her own identity. Helen Warren, the baby's direct descendant, asks Tracing Your Roots to find out more about the woman who took the mother's place, the wet nurse who ensured the baby's survival, yet whose own...

Duration:00:28:02