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Writer of: Researching Ancestors Through Their Personal Writings (forthcoming 2016); Family First: Tracing Relationships in the Past (forthcoming 2015); 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)

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

It's arrived - Unearthing Family Tree Mysteries


                                            It's OUT !!!

 Unearthing Family Tree Mysteries 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

12 stories to inspire and inform beginners in researching their family history! 

The intriguing characters in these real family history mysteries include an agricultural labourer who left secrets behind in Somerset when he migrated to Manchester, a working-class woman who bafflingly lost ten of her fourteen children in infancy, a miner who purportedly went to ‘live with the Red Indians’ and a merchant prince of the Empire who was rumoured to have two wives. This book shows how a variety of sources including birth, marriage and death certificates, censuses, newspaper reports, passports, recipe books, trade directories, diaries, and passenger lists were all used to uncover more, and how much can be detected by setting the characters from your family tree in their proper historical backgrounds.    

Click to buy at Amazon! 

http://amzn.to/1UVu3GI
 
NB: This book is an updated reprint of my earlier Stories From Your Family Tree: Researching Ancestors Within Living Memory (the History Press, 2008).  


 #ancestors #ancestryhour #genealogy #history #familyhistory #beginners








Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Unearthing Family Tree Mysteries - Coming May 30th

 
OUT MAY 30TH 2016
 
 
 
Unearthing Family Tree Mysteries
Pen and Sword Books, 2016
 
 
 Find out how to reconstruct family stories using censuses, birth, marriage and death certificates, songs, passports, passenger lists, trade directories, antiques, diaries, funeral bills, recipe books and many other unusual sources.
 
 A fascinating start to your family history research!
 
 
 
 
 
The intriguing characters in these real family history mysteries include an agricultural labourer who left secrets behind in Somerset when he migrated to Manchester, a working-class woman who bafflingly lost ten of her fourteen children in infancy, a miner who purportedly went to ‘live with the Red Indians’ and a merchant prince of the Empire who was rumoured to have two wives. This book shows how a variety of sources including birth, marriage and death certificates, censuses, newspaper reports, passports, recipe books, trade directories, diaries and passenger lists were all used to uncover more, and how much can be detected by setting the characters from your family tree in their proper historical backgrounds.  

  
 
[NB: This book is an updated reprint of my earlier Stories From Your Family Tree: Researching Ancestors Within Living Memory (The History Press, 2008)]
 
 
 
 
 
The Liverpool Blitz of May 1941 - revealed through a schoolboy diary 
 



                                           Washwomen in Wigan -  revealed in their inherited songs



                                        Lodgers in Manchester's back-to-back housing - revealed through the census

 
                                   Lancashire miners who migrated to the USA revealed through passenger lists

#history #british #genealogy #familytree #familyhistory #genealogy #unearthingfamilytreemysteries #unusualsources

60 Years of the National Childbirth Trust

 
 
See my article on
 
 
60 Years of the National Childbirth Trust
 
in May's issue (2016) of
 
Family Tree Magazine UK
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
#familyhistory #familytree #ancestors # nct # nationalchildbirthtrust #babies #history #uk #genealogy

500 Years of the Post Office

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
See my article on
 
500 Years of the British Post Office
 
in June's issue (2016) of
 
Family Tree Magazine UK
 
 OUT NOW
#postoffice #gpo #postalhistory #history #ancestorspersonalwritings #genealogy #familytree # familyhistory

Seamstress ancestors

 
 
See my article on
Seamstress Ancestors
in May's issue (2016) of
Discover Your Ancestors
(online periodical) 
 
  
 
 
 
 


#genealogy, #Britain, #British, ancestors #familyhistory #seamstress #needlewomen #needlework

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

A great family history gift for Mother's Day (March 6th)

 
 
 
Read about the history of mothers (and others) in your family tree.


Family First: Tracing Relationships in the Past by Ruth A. Symes (Pen and Sword Books, 2015)

http://bit.ly/1NlqFPI




Who Do You Think You Are Magazine UK: 'Family First is essential reading I would say.'

http://bit.ly/1NlqFPI


#gifts #mothersday #mothers # family tree #familyhistory #genealogy #ancestry #mums #presents

Thursday, 4 February 2016

A Family History Valentine?

A Family History Valentine
Lovelocks, sweetheart brooches, engagement rings, cuff links and much more. Investigate your ancestors' love tokens and many other aspects of their attire and physical characteristics this Valentine's Day. 
It Runs in The Family: Understanding More About Your Ancestors by Ruth A. Symes (The History Press, 2013)
bit.ly/1X1WpMB



'Something different and facsinating'
#valentinesgift  #familyhistorybook #valentinesday  #genealogy #familyhistory #familytree