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Beautifully illustrated family history books with a difference by a frequent contributor to the UK family history press. I write for Family Tree Magazine UK; Discover Your Ancestors Online Periodical and Bookazine; Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine. The publishers of my family history books are Pen and Sword Books and The History Press. I tweet (and retweet) thought-provoking content designed to help you tweak your approach to (your family) history at @RuthaSymes . Do follow me.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Great-Aunt Alice's Family History Website of the Week





http://www.findmypast.co.uk/content/manchester-collection/about

About the Manchester Collection
The Manchester Collection is a rich series of records provided by Manchester City Council's Libraries, Information and Archives. They give details about how Manchester ancestors lived, particularly in the Victorian period, thereby providing colour to family history. Even if you do not live in Manchester now, you may have had ancestors there and these records will prove to be an essential resource.
The records comprise:
Find out more about each set of records by clicking on the left-hand menu.
For in-depth background information and comment regarding Manchester archival records and especially those relating to its industrial schools, prisons and workhouses, we recommend Gerard Lodge's Manchester Family History Research website
Search the Manchester Collection now

Monday, 22 April 2013

Ancestors' Engagement and Wedding Rings

See my article on ancestors' engagement and wedding rings in May 2013's edition of Your Family History Magazine.

Issue 40 On Sale Now

Ancestors' Facial Features and Other Physical Characteristics

See my article on finding out about your ancestors' facial features and other characteristics in the May 2013 issue of Family Tree Magazine.




Family Tree May 2013

Ancestors' Hands

My new article for Kindle is now on Amazon and available for free download for the next four days.



With This Hand: Your Ancestors' Hands. How They Touched and What They Held in Photographs, Their Rings, Gloves, Fingerprints and Other Hand Characteristics with special reference to left-handedness.