Whilst at the New Zealand Family History Fair I had the pleasure to interview Cassie Mercer, the Editor & Publisher of Inside History. The magazine was established in November 2010 so is a fairly new addition to the news-stand, but with a print circulation of 7,000 and 10,000 registered digital users it has made it’s presence felt in the genealogy/history publication world.
Cassie told me that she couldn’t help but be involved in family history as her mother, Barbara Hall, is a keen genealogist and is the author of five books about Irish Convicts sent to Australia prior to 1800. Barbara’s website is the well known Irish Wattle. On her maternal side Cassie has what she described as rogues and criminals from Ireland, England and Scotland to balance this out her paternal side is all from England and they are generally law-abiding!
A favourite ancestor is Edward Turley a Dubliner who came to Australia in 1796 definitely Aussie Royalty ! Edward was found guilty of being a highwayman.
Asked what the future held for her magazine Cassie told me she plans to add more bonus content, make the digital magazine experience richer and increase the New Zealand content. All this adds up to a bright future for Inside History.
MadAboutGenealogy has been named as one of the Inside History 50 Top Blogs 2013, I didn’t find this out until after I had interviewed Cassie so didn’t have a chance to say “Thank You”. So many thanks Cassie and the team at Inside History!