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Good housekeeping, Georgian style

In family history, our time spent poring over old books is always well used. Here Ruth A Symes (pictured) tells Helen Tovey about a pioneering Georgian author, Elizabeth Raffald, whose inventive publication first hit the bookshops 250 years ago!

Remembering Elizabeth Raffald (1733-1781)

Q How did you first come to hear about Elizabeth Raffald?

A I’ve always been interested in learning about women from the past who had succeeded in making a living either wholly or partly from writing. Elizabeth Raffald (née Whitaker) lived and worked at Arley Hall, Great Budworth, Cheshire, a couple of miles from where I grew up. She became housekeeper there at the age of 15 but left for Manchester soon after her marriage to John Raffald, the head gardener, in 1763.

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Do you know what your surname means and where it's come from? You don't? You've come to the right place. With the April issue of Family Tree we've got a cracking 32 guide to help you learn about your family names. From surname super-sleuth organisation the Guild of One-Name Studies, it's packed with advice to research your family surnames - wherever in the world they come from... Plus - inside the mag - we've got 10 top family history projects to help you organise your research, university research into our ancient 10,000 year old ancestor (he's the great-grandpa of us all) and the tale of an orphan, disinherited and banished into slavery - and his 30 year fight to regain what was rightfully his!