Category Archives: Family History

Walk a Mile in their Shoes

“You can never truly judge a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” When I started researching my family history, I wanted to do more than just collect names, dates and places. I know that’s where you have … Continue reading

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Why I wrote a book

I didn’t set out to be an author. The fact is, when the idea of writing a novel kept nudging itself into my mind, I did everything I could to resist it. I am a scientist by training, and creative … Continue reading

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I Can Write a Book!

Can I write a book? That was the question I asked three years ago when I put my first post on this site. It had taken me three years to write the post in the first place as I was … Continue reading

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Twelve Things to do Prior to Launching a Book

If I’d known then, what I know now, would I have ever written a book? It’s a question I’ve been asking myself repeatedly over recent weeks and if I’m being perfectly honest, I think the answer would be no! That’s … Continue reading

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Suffer the little children

Originally posted on Writer's Lot:
As people’s interest in family history continues to grow, many people will be shocked to see the high infant mortality rate in the United Kingdom in the 1800s. Causes of death you may come…

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When Writing Fiction Based on Real Life – Should you Change Character Names?

When I started my writing journey, I used the real names of the characters. It wasn’t because I was being lazy, it was because I was writing about  my ancestors and I wanted to ‘connect’ with them and know who … Continue reading

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‘Why’ and ‘How’ – Understanding Family History

‘Why’ and ‘How’. Two very short words, but words I have increasingly struggled with as I’ve tried to make sense of the information I’ve gathered for my book. My current WIP is based on my family history. Thanks to the internet, I … Continue reading

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Why Writing the Last Chapter is the Most Difficult

A chapter is just a chapter isn’t it? I thought so, until I neared the end of my first draft and realised that the last chapter is a different beast entirely. I’d been excited about finishing the first draft, but as I started … Continue reading

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Nearly There

Am I a failure or have I got something to be proud of? Despite the fact that it started so well, over the summer I feel I have become a complete failure at posting regular blogs. It is so easy … Continue reading

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The Perils of Turning Fact into Fiction

Fact, Fiction or Memoir? If you’re familiar with family history research, you’ll know there is a lot of information available. From the ten yearly census records, to births, deaths and marriage certificates, Parish records, copies of wills, newspaper articles or Trade Directories (for … Continue reading

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