Articles and books by Ruth A. Symes employing innovative approaches to family history
'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, 15 December 2015
Family History Book - Christmas Gift
Nine kids and counting... how big was your family?
Family First: Tracing Relationships in the Past,
by Ruth A. Symes. Pen and Sword, 2015
A great family history read for Christmas !
How old was the average nineteenth-century bride? How did women limit their families? Did pecking order matter? How might you find out the father of a child without a birth certificate? Who were my ancestor's godparents? Did great-grandmother lie about her age? Who kept house for uncle? Why were children so named? How did my female ancestors experience childbirth? How much of a stigma was illegitimacy? How commonly were children born posthumously? Could cousins marry? Why didn't great-grandfather marry his sister-in-law? Was this ancestor a twin? .....