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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.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

How to Trace Ancestors Through Letters and Personal Writings - On Family Tree Magazine UK Blog


See my 'how-to' article on how to trace ancestors through letters and other personal writings on the blog of :

Family Tree Magazine UK


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Tracing Ancestors Through Letters and Personal Writings OUT NOW AND AVAILABLE TO BUY

Tracing Ancestors Through Letters and Personal Writings, by Ruth A. Symes (Pen and Sword Books, 2016)


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Could your ancestors write their own names or did they mark official documents with a cross? Why did great-grandfather write so cryptically on a postcard home during the First World War? Why did great-grandmother copy all the letters she wrote into letter-books? How unusual was it that great-uncle sat down and wrote a poem, or a memoir?

Tracing Ancestors Through Letters and Personal Writings looks at the kinds of (mainly unpublished) writing that could turn up amongst family papers from the Victorian period onwards - a time during which writing became crucial for holding families together and managing their collective affairs.

With industrialisation, improved education, and far more geographical mobility, British people of all classes were writing for new purposes, with new implements, in new styles, using new modes of expression and new methods of communication (e.g. telegrams and postcards). Our ancestors had an itch for scribbling from the most basic marks (initials, signatures and graffiti on objects as varied as trees, rafters and window ledges), through more emotionally-charged kinds of writing such as letters and diaries, to more creative works such as poetry and even fiction.

This book shows family historians how to get the most out of documents written by their ancestors and, therefore, how better to understand the people behind the words.





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Ideas for Christmas From Your Ancestors - 12 - Choose the Right Presents

Know the Tastes of  Your 'Gift Circle'


It is an art - gift-giving. To choose just the present that pleases is a matter which needs thought, and a careful study of the particular tastes of everybody in the gift circle. Some people hate the bother of buying presents, but it's simple enough if you go about it in the right way. Advert for James Ramsay, Silversmith. Dundee Courier, 27th November, 1911.







A Christmas Visit 1910. Postcard. Wikimedia Commons

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