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It Runs in the Family: Understanding More About Your Ancestors

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192 pages2 hours

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Why didn't my ancestors smile for the camera? Was my great-aunt unusual to have several children in her 40s? Should great-grandma really have married her cousin?Drawing on evidence from social history, women's history, and the histories of photography and fashion, to name but a few, this book looks at a number of issues that have long perplexed and amused family historians. Richly illustrated with photographs and drawings from the 19th and early 20th centuries, and using examples from the famous as well the unknown, the book investigates the whys and wherefores of several aspects of personal appearance and dress, and the ins and outs of a whole series of family relationships. It culminates by providing an innovative new methodology for getting more out of birth, marriage, and death certificates—the standard documents of family history research.

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