AFTC Magazine - 2013-12In amongst the pile of mail and supplier parcels we’ve received recently, the latest Australian Family Tree Connections magazine arrived.

This December issue quite naturally has a Christmas theme, while still providing readers with an interesting array of articles for their holiday reading.

In this December 2013 issue, you’ll find articles on the following: The Midolo Family at Christmas; The Charlton Christmas of 1937; and Sandra tells us about her 6 week trip to the UK, and how it is impossible to see everything, and how she had to prioritise. Shani and Nikki tell us how their research journey took them to Jamaica, Scotland and Australia in search of William Mackie Jnr. Then we read about Little Freddy Heazlewood who went missing from Portland, and Margaret tells up about her WIlson and Baker families from England.

While in the Can You Help? section Diane shares a school photograph that includes her great aunt, and asks if anyone can help identify the primary school where it was taken; and Victor is hoping somone might recognise some of the soliders in a photograph he shares. Robyn has an old photograph but no-one in the family recognises them, so she’s asking for help; and Berenice shares a wedding photo from the 1920s which was quite unusual. Carolyn is still looking for information and photographs on Sophia Jane and Joseph Matthew Wills who fostered and raised Harold Joseph Martin (who later became a Wills).

The New on the Net section has a heap of new records featured includuing: additions to findmypast Australia, the arcHIVE website, and updates on the British Newspaper Archive, as well as deceasedonline and ScotlandsPeople, Monaro Pioners, Step Short: Remembering Soldiers of the Great War; Convict Gangs have been added tot he Convicts to Australia website and a bunch more.

These are combined with all the regular features such as:

– Area research
– Family histories
– Family reunions
– For Sale
– Genealogy services
– Missing ancestors
– Missing relatives (living)
– Odds and ends
– One-Name studies
– Wanted
– Where to go
– Genealogy news
– Letters to the editor
– Resources (new publications)
– Surname register
– What’s on this month (events)

Issued monthly this magazine is on sale at newsagents, and family history societies around Australia (price Aus $7.95, and price NZ $8.95). New Zealand and overseas readers can buy this month’s magazine directly from Australian Family Tree Connections. Subscriptions and back issues can also be purchased directly through AFTC.