In The Media

This is a useful and well-written guide . . . Jolly knows her stuff, and draws upon a good range of primary and secondary resources . . . this is a guide that should be on the shelves of any serious family historian.

Professor Edward Higgs, Who Do You Think You Are? magazine

Emma Jolly writer family history magazine article

Emma regularly writes for a range of family history publications, including:

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine

Emma is a frequent contributor of articles, expert answers and reviews. The March 2014 edition included a feature article exploring the online release of 2.5 million British India records and how to get the most from them.

Family Tree Magazine

Family Tree Magazine

Emma writes regularly for Family Tree magazine, recently contributing feature articles on researching tradespeople in the 18th and 19th centuries (November and December 2014). Other popular articles include how to use poll books in family history research (January 2014) and essential tips on finding your ancestors' missing details in birth, marriage and death records.

Genealogists' Magazine

Genealogists' Magazine

The official journal of the Society of Genealogists. In September 2014, Emma wrote a guide to researching female ancestors in war. Emma has previously explored the Forfeited Estates Commission, burial records, and India Office Records material.

Discover Your Ancestors

Discover Your Ancestors

Emma provided an article on British Home Children in this high quality digital magazine in July 2013.

Your Family Tree Magazine

Your Family Tree Magazine

Emma wrote an article on researching nurses in the early years of the NHS (May 2012) and, reflecting the country's interest in Prince William's wedding, a history of royal weddings 1811-2011 (April 2011).

The Family History and Local History Handbook

The Family History and Local History Handbook

Edition 14 (2013) of this popular family history book included articles by Emma on London parishes and records of British India. Robert Blatchford Publishing.

The Irish Family History and Local History Handbook

The Irish Family History and Local History Handbook

In the Irish version of this popular series, Emma wrote articles on the Irish in London and the Irish in British India. Robert Blatchford Publishing (2013).

Family History: Digging Deeper (Simon Fowler)

Family History: Digging Deeper (Simon Fowler)

Emma was asked to write a featured article on the Forfeited Estates Commission in Simon Fowler's 2012 book, published by The History Press.

Discover My Past Magazine

Discover My Past Magazine

Emma was a regular contributor, writing articles on various topics, including football ancestors, women in WWI, lascars, and how to trace an ancestor's war service using the resources of the five Imperial War Museums (London, Duxford, HMS Belfast, North and the Churchill War Rooms). Some of these articles are now available to read on the Genes Reunited website.

Emma's work has also featured in other media outlets, including:

  • BBC
  • Greek Street Media
  • Deceased Online, the burial and cremation records website. Emma writes Deceased Online's official blog.
  • Family History Monthly a feature on female ancestors in local government (March 2012)
  • Article for Madame Guillotine on the wedding of George V to Mary of Teck (January 2011)
  • Addressing History on using Post Office directories to trace ancestors in lower social classes.
  • London Historians including Charles Dickens and his connections with the modern borough of Camden (February 2011).
  • Families In British India (FIBIS) Journal on Godfrey Evan Baker, the man who brought curry house-founder Dean Mahomet to Ireland (Autumn 2011).
  • Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Forum an investigation into the role of children and young people in genealogy (Summer 2012)
  • Guest blog for the Abraham Adcock website, featuring Emma's great-great-grandmother, Maria Pymer, and her employer in 1871, the composer Frank Mori. Frank's father, Nicolas Mori, was also a famous musician. (May 2011),
  • Kith and Kin Research guest blog on the first Indian MPs: Dadabhai Naoroji and Sir Mancherhee Bhownaggree (September 2011).

Emma has also written on the history of education, WWII evacuee experiences, women in lunatic asylums, Black Country ancestors, and several articles relating to the British in India and their records.

Latest From Emma's Blog

Thames Discovery Programme: The Man who saved London from Drowning

Thanks to the Thames Discovery Programme, the community archaeology project run by MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology), for sending news […]

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Gender & the Great War – The myth of the ‘superfluous woman’

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