'Family First' by Ruth Alexandra Symes
Husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, children, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents - these are the relationships that structure a family tree. How much do we really know about how our ancestors lived, as relationships between members of our family in the past were different to those of today due to economic developments, legal changes, medical advances and many other factors. This book can tell you more about the circumstances of your ancestors, how to set about tracing and understanding the relationships between members of your own family, answering questions such as how might you discover ancestors if a name is not mentioned on the birth certificate? How were multiple births and stillbirths dealt with in records? Why were children named as they were? Was it legal to marry a cousin? How long could people expect to live?