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

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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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

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