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Writer of: It Runs in the Family (2013); Stories From Your Family Tree (2008); The Northern Utopia: British Perceptions of Norway in the Nineteenth Century (2003); The Governess (1997)

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Christmas Present with a difference for the Family Historian



Find out more about your ancestors' physical appearance.
It Runs in the Family: Understanding More About Your Ancestors, (The History Press, 2013) by Ruth A. Symes
A 'forensic' family history book - with chapters on eyes, teeth, hair, beards, stature, distinguishing features, cuff links, tattoos, rings, brooches, buttons, perfume, and dogs! 

Buy now as a book or a Kindle download.
'Fascinating'
'A family history book with a difference'
'An entertaining and informative read'



http://www.amazon.co.uk/It-Runs-Family-Understanding-Ancestors/dp/0752497022/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415986310&sr=8-1&keywords=Symes+runs

Monday, 24 November 2014

Family First: Tracing Relationships in the Past


Just sent my new book, 


Family First: Tracing Relationships in the Past (Pen and Sword, 2015) 

to the publishers! 





Friday, 14 November 2014

New book almost finished - Family First: Tracing Relationships in the Past

Great news.... My third family history book is almost finished.

Family First: Tracing Relationships in the Past  (Pen and Sword Books, 2015)

With chapters on: husbands and fathers, wives and mothers, infants, sons and daughters, aunts, uncles and cousins, grandparents and great-grandparents 
Plus a chapter on friends, neighbours and club associates.




Christmas Presents for the Family Historian




Wondering what to get the genealogist in your family for Xmas?



Look no further.....

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stories-From-Your-Family-Tree/dp/075095082X/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1415986375&sr=8-5&keywords=Symes+stories



http://www.amazon.co.uk/It-Runs-Family-Understanding-Ancestors/dp/0752497022/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415986310&sr=8-1&keywords=Symes+runs


Monday, 20 October 2014

The First World War in Bits and Bobs


Read my short article now: 

The First World War in Bits and Bobs


http://www.thehistorypress.co.uk/index.php/updates/cat/blogs/post/The-First-World-War-in-Bits-and-Bobs

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Buy now for Christmas

Get intimate with your family this Christmas

It Runs in the Family: Understanding More About Your Ancestors
 The History Press, 2013







Sunday, 10 August 2014

New Review - It Runs in the Family. Something Different and Fascinating


Bristol and Avon Family History Society Journal Number 156, June  2014

It a Runs in the Family - Understanding More about Your Ancestors by Ruth A. Symes

 The author takes a fresh approach to understanding ancestors by deciphering the personal and historical clues contained in photos, documents and artefacts. The chapter titles give a flavour of the unusual research angles - eyes, teeth, hair, tattoos, stature, brooches, buttons and cuff links, wedding and other rings, perfumes, flowers - and dogs! All these elements of ordinary life are evidenced with examples and placed in the context of the social history of their times.
There is a bibliography for each section. Something different and fascinating.

Available from www.thehistorypress.co.uk, www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.com.
Kindle edition available at www.amazon.co.uk.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/It-Runs-Family-Understanding-Ancestors/dp/075249702.l.