BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.



BBC Homepage
BBC Radio
BBC Radio 4 - 92 to 94 FM and 198 Long WaveListen to Digital Radio, Digital TV and OnlineListen on Digital Radio, Digital TV and Online

PROGRAMME FINDER:
Programmes
Podcasts
Schedule
Presenters
PROGRAMME GENRES:
News
Drama
Comedy
Science
Religion|Ethics
History
Factual
Messageboards
Radio 4 Tickets
Radio 4 Help

Contact Us



Tracing Your Roots
MISSED A PROGRAMME?
Go to the Listen Again page
The Tracing Your Roots banner
Saturday 5.30 - 6.00pm
4 August - 8 September 2007 (originally broadcast April 2007)
Get in touch
About the series
Sally MagnussonTracing Your Roots is the series that helps put branches on your family tree.

Sally Magnusson and genealogist Nick Barratt uncover aspects of the UK’s social history through personal stories as they follow the genealogy trail back in time, and give you the tools to explore your own family history.
Programme details
18 August 2007
Listen to this programme in full
Gravestones
Lost ancestors

This week we search for branches which are missing from the family tree.

At certain points in time some ancestors disappear from official records without a trace.

But dedicated detective work is often all that's needed to track down these missing persons from the past. Nick Barratt shares his tricks of the trade.
Stories in this week's programme...

A Signpost to South Africa

Paul Etherington’s family history research took a sudden intercontinental leap when he came across an inscription in a Yorkshire graveyard describing an ancestor’s son as “now in Port Natal.” Following the trail to South Africa, Paul discovered a whole new branch on the family tree and an extended family stretching across the world.

Gravestones Tell Tales

Genealogy can now be done via the internet in the comfort of your own home. But a visit to the graves of your ancestors adds flesh to the bones of computer research. Names, dates, relationships, quotations and symbols containing family history clues are etched into these historic slabs of stone.  Archivist Fiona Scharlau shares the secret of interpreting these clues with reporter Claire White.

The Man Who Created Fairgrounds

Frances Nicolaisin grew up hearing vague rumours that members of her extended family "went to California to grow oranges”. When Frances' daughter married and moved to California, Frances made it her mission to uncover the identity of these mysterious fruit-growing ancestors. In the course of solving this puzzle Frances met a distant relative who invented the fairground attractions that made Disneyland famous.
Want to start researching your family tree?

Or need help? Take a look at the BBC family history website www.bbc.co.uk/history/familyhistory/

Websites we've mentioned on air...

Cyndi's List

Moving Here
Listen Live
Audio Help
[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Tracing Your Roots

Listen again

Programme details

See Also

Elsewhere on bbc.co.uk

BBC History

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites

Don't Miss

In Our Time

Melvyn Bragg

Thursday, 9.00 - 9.45am, rpt 9.30pm
Melvyn Bragg explores the history of ideas.
Listen again online or download the latest programme as an mp3 file.



About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy