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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)

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.....



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


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.


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

 ‘Just when you think there are no new ways into exploring family history, someone offers a new perspective. Stepping back from the records we use to piece together the jigsaw of the family tree, Ruth A. Symes looks instead at the wider context of our ancestors’ lives, but also the little details that make people individuals. The refreshing result is a book with chapters on topics such as teeth, beards and tattoos. Why did your greatgrandfather wear a beard in old photos but his sons were cleanshaven? Why didn’t people ever seem to smile for the camera? These little nuances are explored by looking at social changes, and how they are reflected in documents, heirlooms and family albums. Other chapters in this entertaining  and erudite book look at simple details, - buttons, cufflinks, perfume (and even keeping pets) – which can provide remarkable insights into our forebears. Read it for: A unique guide to the details that can bring our ancestors to life.' Andrew Chapman in Your Family Tree, February 2014.
My new book, It Runs in the Family: Understanding More About Your Ancestors (The History Press, 2013) is available through all good bookshops, directly from The History Press (www.thehistory press.com or direct sales:01235465500) and at Amazon both as a paperback and as a Kindle download. (Click on http://www.amazon.co.uk/It-Runs-Family-Understanding-Ancestors/dp/0752497022/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1405941149&sr=8-2&keywords=runs+symes )