Ancestors in the Attic: Making Family Memorabilia into History

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 208 pages
Author: K. Foy
Year: 2012
ISBN: 9780752464282
Other: b&w photos & images, index
Publisher: The History Press

Much family history focuses on digging around archives and web searches. Ancestors in the Attic shows that our lofts and cupboards can often hide a treasure trove of personal documents and ephemera too.

Boxes full of photographs, hastily written notes, old tickets, postcards, ration books, a soldier's hat, a bundle of letters, perhaps a diary - all are invaluable sources of information about our family history. There are crucial in piecing together the everyday lives of our ancestors, exposing secrets and understanding family relationships. You might discover favourite family recipes and information about a relative's schooldays, or reconstruct a Victorian family holiday.

In this fascinating and original book, Karen Foy guides the reader through 200 years of different types of memorabilia, showing how to interpret and use ephemera to enhance your understanding of your own family history.
1. Putting Pen to Paper
2. Travel and Transport
3. A Stamp of Approval
4. Reading Between the Lines
5. Regulations and Restrictions
6. Setting the Scene
7. Customers and Commerce: Letterhead, Bills and Receipts
8. Artistic Advertising
9. Photography
10. Events, Entertainment and Opinions
11. A Lasting Reminder
12. Changing Fashions
13. Decorative Essentials: Accessories, Jewellery and Watches
14. Habits and Hobbies
15. Sporting Memorabilia
16. Kings of the Road
17. Playtime and Pastimes
18. Household Essentials
19. Checklist
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