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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, 28 March 2017

Nelly Weeton Society

Just set up the Nelly Weeton Society on Facebook to celebrate the life of this remarkable writer....


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Thursday, 9 March 2017

Learn to analyse your ancestors' personal writing

Diaries -

Are the entries made out of habit or only when inspiration strikes?

Is the diary factual or opinionated?

Is it scientifically precise or somewhat literary in style?



Tuesday, 7 March 2017

When analysing your ancestors' letters...

.... consider the balance they have achieved between

SENTIMENT:  'I must reveal to you my feelings and my hopes'


RESTRAINT : 'You must forgive me for presuming to write to you'



Monday, 6 March 2017

Communication by postcard ...

...was at first considered too open, too immediate, too brash and impolite'...


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