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A tale of two books

Nothing beats browsing through an old tome to travel back in time. Diane Lindsay revels in the pages of the past


At first sight my eyes slid scornfully past Reminiscences of a Gentlewoman of the Last Century, in the secondhand bookshop, as the ghosts of several generations of Lower Order ancestors insincerely doffed caps and tugged forelocks in sarcastic disrespect. However, I’m a sucker for a gilded spine and noticing a date of 1891, I tugged out a book whose glory had clearly faded a bit since the gentlewoman first reminisced. And I can’t tell you how glad I am I did.

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Come on, it's time to roll up your sleeves, leave the pleasant pastures of the 19th century, the birth, marriage and death records, and the census - and trace your family lines further back in into the past. This is your chance to explore new records, stretch your research and revel in the lives and times of your Georgian, Stuart and even Tudor ancestors.