Source:Ancestors Magazine (Wharncliffe Publishing and the National Archives)

Source Ancestors Magazine
Subject Finding aid
Publication information
Type Periodical
Publisher Wharncliffe Publishing and The National Archives (UK)
Place issued Barnsley, Yorkshire, England|Barnsley, South Yorkshire
Ancestors Magazine. (Barnsley, Yorkshire, England|Barnsley, South Yorkshire: Wharncliffe Publishing and The National Archives (UK)).
Repositories website
WorldCat website

Ancestors Magazine or simply Ancestors is a general genealogical magazine published in cooperation between The National Archives, a British Government body, and Wharncliffe Publishing. Ancestors has seen 76 volumes published as of November 2008, but it is not clear what the frequency of this publishing is nor the date of the first issue. Though all volumes are not available online, front covers and a sampling of the table of contents of each are provided on the site, as well as a method of ordering back issues starting with Volume 1.[1]

In addition to the print magazine there is a subscription email newsletter and a blog associated with the website for Ancestors. Also included are several "Beginner Guides" for genealogy:

  • "Going back before 1837"
  • "Birth, marriage and death certificates"
  • "Census returns"
  • "Starting out"
  • "How to trace your First World War ancestors"
  • "Starting out in Family History"

History of the magazine's mangement

Wharncliffe has been involved since 2001 and it is unclear whether an independent publishing house was involved prior to this.[2] The National Archives itself was not created until 2003 as part of a broad consolidation of records and archives units across the United Kingdom. Information from the WorldCat record suggests that prior to 2003, the entity involved was the Public Records Office.

Notes and references

  1. Access to back issues is provided at
  2. The WorldCat record indicates Wharncliffe's involvement since 2001; see