The old letters in the vault


I’ve really enjoyed working with my family history students this year. When they first came to Picture This some were a bit resistant to the idea that they had to learn to write.

One of my students who stepped up to the challenge also protested that she couldn’t write; but she could and she did and now we’re waiting for her book to come back from the printer.

It’s starting to be my favourite tradition at this time of the year.

This time, last year, we were waiting for Clark’s Running from Poachers.

This year Margaret’s Across the Atlantic Roar tells the story of her journey following her ancestors through London, Lancashire and Scotland.

This is a tiny peek at page 44:

Two centuries before Henry died, three thousand plague victims were buried under this small paved square.
Three decades before Henry Haig, artist, was carried from the square, Charles Dickens, walked the streets of this ancient city looking for settings for his popular stories and took rooms there.
Over two years, from 1838 to 1839, he wrote The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. Uncle Ralph, Nicholas’s vile guardian, lived his fictitious life in the square, gazing out the window of number 17. The traveller moved on watched by the ghosts of the past.

Her book will be a 64-page hard cover beauty. Her family is always going to treasure this book about their ancestors and their mother’s journey following a trail which began when a collection of old letters came out of a family vault.


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