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Genealogically aware teenagers in Independence, Missouri, USA, have been dressing up and re-enacting moments from the lives of ancestors they've researched. It's all part of an activity called TeenGenes and the group behind it meets once a month to discuss their research into genealogy and local history. Could such a program start in Britain? Let us know what you think.



Meteorology to genealogy

TV weatherman to spend more time with his family rom being famous for his loud ties, TV weatherman Michael Fish is turning to family ties instead. Having retired this year after 33 years on BBC radio and television, and 42 as a meteorologist, he is hoping to pursue genealogy in his spare time. He and his wife Susan both come from Eastbourne in Sussex.

He first got interested in the subject of family history over ten years ago, but found he lacked time. "The trigger was my aunt getting very ill and the need to find out as much as possible before she died," he told Your Family Tree.

"I got stuck, as most people do, about 200 years ago. My family were in Eastbourne since about 80 years ago and before that around Darwen in Lancashire. I have done all the research myself, visiting the records office in Kingsway, churches, county record offices and so on."

Mr Fish, who lives near Richmond in Surrey, is a keen internet user, and has now turned to Genes Reunited to help him pick up the quest again. But with a freelance

career of consultancy, he's clearly going to be busy. There are rumours of an autobiography, so perhaps the family history will come in handy. ■

HONOURED: Michael Fish was awarded an MBE for his services to meteorology - but what other characters will arise in his tree?


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Scottish newspaper's archive goes online

They've already got BMD records, wills and censuses online - now Scotland's national newspaper opens its archives to the world at www.archive.scotsman.com.

One of Scotland's oldest newspapers, the Scotsman, has recently launched the UK's largest searchable public access archive of back issues. Although other newspapers, like The Times, have published indices to their old newspapers, the Scotsman is the first national newspaper to make every single page viewable via their website. The launch coincides with completion of the opening phase of their digitising project; every issue from 1817 to 1900 has been sourced, microfilmed, recorded and indexed. The final stages of the project will see all issues up to 1950 added, followed by the remaining issues up to the present day. Initial searching of the archive is free and one or more words can be entered, with any possible matches being listed by date of issue. To view images of the original pages you're required to select one of five session periods from 24 hours (£7.95) to a one-year pass (£159.95). ■

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