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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.

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

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