I’m a regular contributor to both BBC Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine and Your Family Tree, and have written for both titles since their respective launches. I specialise in the computing side of genealogy – using the internet and software to both record and research your family tree, but have recently started to branch out to cover more general genealogical subjects, such as the upcoming launch of the new Find My Past TV show on the Yesterday channel.
Features: I wrote the lead feature for the magazine’s fiftieth issue: 50 essential research tips, and contributed a guide to using your smartphone or tablet for family history research in early 2012.
Tutorials: Family Historian, MacFamilyTree, Family Tree Maker, family history newsletter, MyCanvas publishing service, improve old and damaged photos, Historypin.com service, create a photo slideshow on DVD, integrate online records with Family Tree Maker.
Reviews: most Mac and PC family history software packages released since late 2007, plus Audible audio-book service, two Family Tree Maker books, iPhone family history app roundup.
Your Family Tree
I’ve contributed lead features, group tests, news features, tutorials, quick tips and the occasional computer-based Q&A since the magazine’s launch back in 2003. I am currently responsible for the magazine’s software reviews.
Features: beginner’s guide to family history on your PC, choose the right software package, become a records transcriber, 2005 group test.
Tutorials: access the new British Newspapers Library website, shoot a family history movie, track down living relatives, build a family history website, digitise and share old audio recordings, create a family history podcast, various software-based tutorials tied in with the CD.
News: Find My Past TV show launch feature, Ancestry.co.uk railway employment records, various short news stories.