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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)

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Republishing under a new title Unearthing Family Tree Mysteries

Coming Soon:

Unearthing Family Tree Mysteries, (Pen and Sword Books, 2015) by Ruth A. Symes

Formerly:  Stories From Your Family Tree: Researching Ancestors Within Living Memory (the History Press, 2008) Revised and updated,

Friday, 1 May 2015

Coming Soon:

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

By Ruth A. Symes

What was expected of husbands and fathers in your family in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries?  How did women experience pregnancy, childbirth, miscarriage and abortion? Did the Victorian 'cult of the baby' influence the way new infants were welcomed into your family? Why was your ancestor's household a particular size and shape?  Did pecking order among siblings matter? How did it feel to be one among twenty children, or a twin, or an only child in the Victorian period? What roles did aunts, uncles and cousins play? How were elderly members of the family cared for? And  how can you find out more about your ancestors' friends and neighbours?

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Ancestors' Love Lives - Engagement Rings


My Ancestor's Valentine

Does your great-grandmother's engagement ring tell you the month that she was born or the month she got engaged?

January - Garnet, February  - Amethyst, March - Aquamarine, April - Diamond, May - Emerald, June - Pearl, July - Ruby, August - Peridot, September - Sapphire, October - Opal, November  -Topaz,  December – Turquoise (National Association of Goldsmiths, UK, 1937)

Early-Twentieth Century Platinum and Diamond Engagement Ring

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Valentine's Gift for Genealogists

Valentine's Gift For Genealogists:

Understand your ancestor's romantic life through locks of hair, tattoos, perfume, rings etc

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Family history, genealogy, history, Valentine's Day, gifts, ancestors

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Search My Ancestry: Establishing Paternity

Search My Ancestry: Establishing Paternity: Who was the daddy?  What can you do to find out more when no father is recorded on a UK birth certificate?  See my article in January 201...

Establishing Paternity

Who was the daddy? 

What can you do to find out more when no father is recorded on a UK birth certificate? 
See my article in January 2015's edition of Family Tree Magazine, UK.

Fathers, genealogy, paternity, UK, family history

Monday, 8 December 2014

This Christmas find out how much more you can learn from an old family photograph, tattoo, brooch or button

My new book brings you up close and personal with your ancestors. It introduces a completely new way of thinking about family history. It Runs in the Family will show you how to understand the smallest clues and amplify them to shed more light on your ancestors.

You'll learn how to find out more from simple family photographs and understand more about physical characteristics - eyes, hair, tattoos, teeth and stature - can tell you about the lives of your ancestors.

You'll also see how to discover revealing personality clues from small personal effects like brooches, buttons, rings and cuff links as well as learning more about the role and significance of flowers, perfumes and pets in decoding your ancestry.

Click the book to find out more. A fascinating family history book with a difference for the genealogist in your family this Christmas.