...Family History Stories from 2013...

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Above: The Northern Echo, 2nd January 2013 - Read the full story here.

Above: The Teesdale Mercury, 9th January 2013.  Ancestry by Heir Line’s family history research into Charles Dickens’ novel, Nicholas Nickleby, and the discovery of a client’s ancestor who was perhaps a real-life Wackford Squeers!  Who did your ancestors inspire?  Commission your family tree from our professional genealogist, Michael Rochford, to find out!

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Above: The Yorkshire Post, 7th August 2014.  A full page feature about the weird and wonderful Victorian inventions showcased in Yorkshire author Caroline Rochford’s first non-fiction history book, “Great Victorian Inventions: Novel Contrivances & Industrial Revolutions”.  Fax machines, wireless technology and solar panels are all things we associate with the 20th century, but, as will be discovered in this entertaining and quirky new title, it was the Victorians who came up with these ideas first.  Published by Amberley and on sale now - RRP £9.99.

Above: The Yorkshire Evening Post, 7th August 2014.  What the Victorians did for us was astounding!  A double-page spread about the horse spectacles, astronomy tools, and Italian climate inhalers (designed to improve one’s singing voice) that were dreamed up by the imaginative Victorians.  These and many more astonishing technological revelations are featured and illustrated in Ancestry by Heir Line’s first history book, Great Victorian Inventions.  It was written by first-time Yorkshire author, Caroline Rochford (pictured on Leeds Bridge, where history was made in 1888 by Louis le Prince, the photographer who captured some of the earliest known moving images).

Above: Dundee’s Evening Telegraph, 6th August 2014.  A feature about Sir James Alfred Ewing, the Scottish inventor of the ingenious earthquake detector - just one of the hundreds of 19th century marvels that appear in Ancestry by Heir Line’s first history book about Great Victorian Inventions.

Above: The Barnsley Chronicle, 12th August 2014.  Miss Annie Gregory was a Yorkshire inventor who designed and created the geodoscope, a remarkable globe which she used to teach her school children astronomy.  In an age before women were even allowed to vote, this must have been a huge achievement for her.  Read all about Miss Gregory’s machine and many more innovative ideas in the fascinating book, Great Victorian Inventions.

Above: The Independent on Sunday, 17th August 2014.  Paperback review by Lesley McDowell, who described the book as charming and often revelatory.

Above: The Daily Express, 28th August 2014.  From straw shoes to the floating hospital, this full-page feature takes a look at Heir Line’s first history book, Great Victorian Inventions, highlighting some of the most remarkable and surprisingly successful gadgets of the 19th century.  Read the full article online here.

Above: Kincardineshire Observer, 2nd September 2014.  The world’s first wind turbine was designed and installed in Marykirk, Scotland, by the electrical engineer, Professor James Blyth.  This was just one of many pioneering and revolutionary breakthroughs described in Great Victorian Inventions.  Read the full article online here.

Above: Your Family Tree Magazine, November 2014.  A Q&A with Caroline Rochford, discussing her first illustrated history book, Great Victorian Inventions, and the inspiration behind it.  Below is a glowing review, describing the eclectic mix of 19th century designs ranging from the slightly bizarre to the downright brilliant.  Complete with a family tree seal of approval!

Above: Family Tree Magazine, Christmas 2014.  A fascinating and in-depth article by family historian Michael Rochford about how the Victorian enumerators compiled the census of 1881.