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It’s been a while since I last wrote a post here. To be honest, I only picked up my Family History Research again a few months ago. I have been so busy, what with the addition of a new member of the family, starting a business, the breakdown of my marriage and picking up where I left off with my history degree 6 years ago.
I tried to move my ancestry related posts onto my personal blog, Beth in a Box, but my heart wasn’t really in it and coupled with the fact that Walking with Ancestors is too good a name to give up, I’ve decided to return.
There’s going to be a few changes here and there – maybe a fresh new look and some content creation. But ultimately, the biggest change is going to be in the content.
In the past I have written about individuals, listed information, now, I want to expand on the names, dates and facts. Some stories may be based on the details but with an element of fiction. Others are so jampacked with evidence that there’s no need for speculation. However, I am very excited to begin adding the historian’s best friend. Context.
In life, nothing happens in an isolated bubble. Everything is connected to everything else. There’s not even any certainty that time is linear.
This time next week, I will have completed my final assignment this year. I will be ready to spend some time research, and writing my family history, writing about the lives and experiences of working-class people in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I look forward to exploring the Chartist movement, the industrial revolution, the move from a mostly agricultural nation to an urbanised and ‘modern’ one. There may have been inventions and events that drastically altered the lives of people but can it all be considered ‘progress’?