24 August 2014

Questions and Mysteries

The insights gained from family history research are reshaping ideas about the way history is explored more generally.  Here are a few questions you may have tried to answer for yourself:

Why is an understanding of history of any significance to ordinary individuals in their everyday lives?

How does an understanding of history help people to make important decisions?

Why do so many people gain enjoyment from discovering their family trees?

Who knows most about life as it was in Eynesbury and St Neots in Huntingdonshire in the 1840s and 1850s?

What was life like in Southwark in London in the second half of the 19th century?

What were the duties of an inspector of London post offices in the 1850s and 1860s?

What were the political and economic situations like in and around Cremona in Lombardy, Italy in the 1870s and 1880s?

Where can you trace the Second World War experiences of members of the 6th Battalion of the Green Howards?

Why did people migrated to Soho in London from elsewhere in Europe in the 19th century?

I think I have asked enough questions for one day, and I am looking forward very much to hearing from you if you have some answers to any of the above questions.

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I especially appreciate historical insights.