As a genealogist, don’t you wish that you could draw up a chair by the fire at your ancestor’s house and have a cup of tea with them? Don’t you long to ask them not just the who, when or where questions, but the more important questions of how and why? By exploring the social history of their time and place, you will be able to research all the circumstances of your ancestors’ lives and to build their stories from the details you find.
Barbara J Starmans is a social historian, freelance writer and obsessed genealogist living in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada and has been doing genealogical research for the past 35 years. She is a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies in Toronto, Canada with professional learning certificates in General Methodology and in English Records and recently become an instructor for them with an intermediate course on Social History.