Who Was Your Granny's Granny?

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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 ...
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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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780572028756
  • Publisher: W. Foulsham Company, Limited (UK)
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Chapter 1 What's It All About? 11
Chapter 2 Starting Out 27
Chapter 3 Conducting Research 51
Chapter 4 Basic Sources 73
Chapter 5 Military Records 131
Chapter 6 Growing Your Family Tree 149
Appendix A Suggested Questions to Ask When Compiling a Life Story 151
Appendix B Family Records 157
Appendix C Checklist of Family Heirlooms 169
Appendix D Census Dates and National Archive References 175
Useful Publications 176
Useful Addresses 185
Index 188
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