Essential Reading

'I have been a family historian for more than 40 years, and a professional historian for over 30, but as I read it, I was constantly encountering new ways of looking at my family history....Essential reading I would say!' Alan Crosby, WDYTYA Magazine

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Nelly Weeton Society

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

https://m.facebook.com/groups/Ellenweetonsociety/

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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?


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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'

And

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


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Monday, 6 March 2017

Communication by postcard ...

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

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