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Heirlooms and ephemera – stories for your blog

Look around your home at the photos and memorabilia – and have a think about the stories they may tell about times gone by. Here Paul Carter shows how to use them to enhance your family history and write about them to provide fascinating material for a blog (your blog!)



Techy tips for family historians

Last month we looked at one excellent source of ideas for blogging – namely old postcards. They’re just the start as there’s a good chance you will have a number of other commonplace items around the house to write about.


Photos are always close to a family historian’s heart as this is often our closest connection to past relatives and the lives they led. I’m blessed to have come from a family of avid amateur photographers who left albums of photographs, thankfully many of them captioned, bringing to life the earlier years of people I knew well and those who I was never able to meet. Such photos of relatives are perfect to illustrate stories about them but don’t discount those of places they visited or lived in to write about.

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