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Jonathan Brown, in his fea­ture on re­search­ing ru­ral an­ces­tors ( p52), starts by re­mind­ing us city folk that we may not need to go back many gen­er­a­tions to find our ru­ral roots. My grand­fa­ther was the son of a coun­try car­pen­ter, be­yond that it’s ag labs all the way on that branch, so I was fas­ci­nated to find out what re­sources might be avail­able for these, mostly un­doc­u­mented, kin. I think a trip to the newly re­opened Museum of English Ru­ral Life in Read­ing might be on the cards.

This same grand­fa­ther fought in the First World War and Novem­ber is a time when we tra­di­tion­ally re­mem­ber the men in trenches, but the woman he later mar­ried was fight­ing a dif­fer­ent bat­tle. My grand­mother was in the Women’s Land Army sup­port­ing the huge ef­fort to get the coun­try fed. She kept a di­ary, in­clud­ing pho­to­graphs, of her ex­pe­ri­ence, re­veal­ing a feisty, fun young woman en­joy­ing the ca­ma­raderie and sense of pur­pose that came hand in hand with hard work. Know­ing what my grand­mother had ex­pe­ri­enced made Caro­line Scott’s ar­ti­cle ( p64) even more in­ter­est­ing for me.

This month we also con­tinue our 12-week chal­lenge ( p17) for those start­ing out on their fam­ily his­tory jour­ney. We want to sup­port read­ers as they take their first steps, so do email us your queries and re­mem­ber our on­line fo­rum is full of peo­ple will­ing to help ( p45). Happy hunt­ing!

Sarah Wil­liams, Ed­i­tor sarah.wil­liams@im­me­di­ate.co.uk

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