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

Monday, 26 February 2018

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TV programmes such as 'A House Through Time', 'Who Do You Think You Are?' and 'Back In Time For Dinner/Tea' have awakened a huge interest in who our ancestors were and how they lived. But what more can you find out about the mysteries in your own family history from simple sources such as censuses, birth, marriage and death certificates, passports, passenger lists, songs, and recipes ?

The intriguing characters in these real family history mysteries include an agricultural labourer who left secrets behind in Somerset when he migrated to Manchester, a working-class woman who bafflingly lost ten of her fourteen children in infancy, a miner who purportedly went to ‘live with the Red Indians’ and a merchant prince of the Empire who was rumoured to have two wives. This book shows how a variety of sources including birth, marriage and death certificates, censuses, newspaper reports, passports, recipe books, trade directories, diaries and passenger lists were all used to uncover more, and how much can be detected by setting the characters from your family tree in their proper historical backgrounds.
This book is an updated edition of Ruth Symes’ previous book, titled Stories From Your Family Tree: Researching Ancestors Within Living Memory (2008).

'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


 'After reading this book we realise the importance of giving prominence to those small matters previously overlooked that help to look at our family in a new light, uncovering information that was there but for the need of interpretation. If you want to get to know the ancestors in your tree as individual personalities then you should find plenty of hints and information to achieve your aim.'  Stella Sass, The National Archive.




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