First, many thanks to readers who've downloaded Cabbage and Semolina, my 1950s memories ebook. I'm thrilled with the interest the book has generated and also with the lovely reviews it's received.
If you enjoy reading memoirs you might also like Florence 'Flo' Smith - Now and Then by Chris Saul-Smith. He writes:
It was 1969. I was a drama student in my final year, casting around for a subject for my dissertation. I hit on the idea of interviewing and recording the reminiscences of Florence Smith, my paternal grandmother. “Nanny” Smith was happy to oblige and so, for several days in the Spring of 1969, I sat in her cosy living room at number 36 Richie House, Hazelville Road, North London, drinking copious amounts of tea and listening avidly while Nanny Smith filled spool after spool of my tape recorder with her recollections. Florence told me of her Victorian childhood, her marriage to a young man who was later seriously wounded in the First World War (my grandfather), her struggle to put food on the table for her hungry children in the 1930s, and her harrowing experiences of the London Blitz. For the times, it was a common enough story and yet, for all that, a unique one too, as unique as any human being's life. I transcribed Florence’s account, edited it and submitted it as my long overdue third year thesis. I gave it the title, Flo Smith - Now and Then.
Chris is a friend of ours and can currently be seen in the national tour of To Kill A Mocking Bird. His grandmother's reminiscences are a fascinating insight into her life and times and a very enjoyable read.
The more you know of your history, the more liberated you are. (Maya Angelou)
If at first you don't succeed search, search again. That's why it's called re-search!
Family History Secrets Blog
Mystery writer Wendy Percival has a great Blog called Family History Secrets. She's always puzzling over her collection of old family photographs. I love reading her blog and watching her unravel the mysteries in her own family.
Another Blog I read regularly is on the Crestleaf website. They offer a really useful chart and infographic which shows the relationships between yourself and several generations of ancestors. You can download a copy here.
I loved this blogpost they wrote a while ago: 10 Things we did in the 1960s that we wouldn't ever do now! It's funny but quite scary too!
You might also like the Blog on the #AncestryHour website. A contribution from The Tombstone Tourist caught my eye recently. If you go on Twitter #AncestryHour is on Tuesday evening between 7 and 8pm Brit time. Great fun; very informative and friendly.
And finally, three more from my Pinterest Family History quotes board:
Only a genealogist regards a step backwards as progress.
Where there is a will there's a genealogist.
If you're bored doing genealogy, you're doing it wrong!
Thanks for reading and hope to see you back here again soon.
I'm a former primary school head teacher now enjoying family history, e-publishing and gardening. I'm the author of "Cabbage and Semolina: Memories of a 1950s Childhood" and was delighted when the book became an Amazon 2015 bestseller in the Social History category. I'm the founder of Spurwing Ebooks which is at http://www.spurwing-ebooks.com for book details and information about new releases and special offers. Details of my books are at https://www.amazon.co.uk/C.-Murray/e/B009R7CRVC and the other books I've published are at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Michael-Murray/e/B007AQZMZK