Who was Your Granny's Granny?: How to Grow Your Family Tree

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Foulsham, 2003 - Reference - 192 pages
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As we meet the gaze of our great-grandmother from the sepia photograph, we make a connection across the generations. What was her home like? Where did she work? What did she enjoy? What important historical events did she witness? Who was important to her? The formal setting and voluminous skirts may highlight the differences, but by delving into our family history we will also find striking similarities between her life and our own. And by doing so, we can gain a sense of perspective on where we stand in the landscape of history. Because our ancestors are a significant part of what defines us, our natural urge to understand who we are is strengthened by knowing more about where we came from. So bringing them alive will spark an ever-increasing fascination -- an urge to delve deeper and deeper into our family's past. This friendly and helpful guide focuses on giving you the best start in your researches. It will tell you where to begin, the questions to ask, and how to record your data. Starting with interviewing your elderly relatives and researching on the internet, it provides a comprehensive guide to the most useful sources of 19th and 20th century information. This will be where you start your investigations, and will also be the springboard to further research. With this lively and personal guide, you can feel you know your granny's granny as well as you know your own. Book jacket.

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Paul Blake lectures widely on a variety of subjects related to family history. Maggie Loughran is administrator of the Federation of Family History Societies. She regularly lectures and contributes articles on family and local history to various journals and magazines.

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