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READ Common People READ & DOWNLOAD Common People î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB CHARACTERS ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Alison Light Family history is a massive phenomenon of our times but what are we after when we go in search of our ancestors Beginning with her grandparents Alison Light moves between the present and the past in an extraordinary s. I ve done a little family tree investigating myself and uickly found that my Victorian ancestors left no trace I could find except their names on census records Too poor for a gravestone in the local churchyard and living in houses that have long been demolished I found it difficult to get close to themThat didn t stop me thinking about them and the sort of lives they would have led in the Suffolk villages they resided inAlison Light s book is about the investigation into her family tree and as a historian she was able to fill in so many of the gaps in the lives of her ancestors They too were the common people who despite leaving little trace all had their stories to tellLight s great grandmother was born and lived her first 8 years in a Victorian Workhouse a pauper of the Parish It doesn t matter how much I read about these Workhouses it is still deeply upsetting to hear how the children and adults were treated For example some well meaning ladies wanted swings put outside the Workhouse so the children could get some exercise The swings were refused for two reasons that the exercise would increase the children s appetite so they would eat and that it would wear out the leather on their shoes fasterA couple of annoyances about the book sloppy editing in that there were errors in either the text or the family trees at the front of the book meaning that the dates and ages didn t always agree And why does a book published in England by Penguin books have American spellings throughout Anayurt Oteli uickly found that my Victorian ancestors left no trace I could find except their names on census records Too poor for a gravestone in the local churchyard and living in houses that have long been demolished I found it difficult to get close to themThat didn t stop me thinking about them and the sort of lives they would have led in the Suffolk villages they resided inAlison Light s book is about the investigation into her family tree and as a historian she was able to fill in so many of the gaps in the lives of her ancestors They too were the common people who despite leaving little trace all had their stories to tellLight s great grandmother was born and lived her first 8 years in a Victorian Workhouse a pauper of the Parish It doesn t matter how much I read about these Workhouses it is still deeply

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READ Common People READ & DOWNLOAD Common People î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB CHARACTERS ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Alison Light D the country looking for work Original and elouent it is a timely rethinking of who the English were but ultimately it reflects on history itself and on our constant need to know who went before us and what we owe th. Historian Alison Light provides an excellent and readable venture into her own family s history deftly demonstrating how one incorporates social history local history religious history and to make ancestors come alive She provides several very uotable phrases scattered thoughout the volume certain to resonate with researchers adhering to the genealogical proof standard My biggest complaint pertains to the invisible endnotes system employed by the editors Readers deserve to know when something is being cited The acceptable way of doing this is to provide a numbered footnote or endnote I find the method employed by the editors lacking In some places the author s aversion to religion manifested itself through condescending remarks In other places where the opportunity presented itself she refrained from such comments This restraint maintained a bias free environment in those portions of the narrative Overall the book provided a commendable example in family history writing Highly recommended

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READ Common People READ & DOWNLOAD Common People î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB CHARACTERS ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Alison Light Eries of journeys over two centuries across Britain and beyond Epic in scope and deep in feeling Common People is a family history but also a new kind of public history following the lives of the migrants who travelle. I suppose when we go delving into our family histories we hope to find the odd billionaire a pirate a famous actor or at least someone interesting Interesting and rich is a good combination But most of us like British author Alison Light find solid citizens who live fairly uiet lives passing along from one generation to another A family that is actually a combination of tree limbs that come together to make one individual We are a combination of all those who came before us Alison Light in her thoughtful book Common People gives us brief histories of her forebearsLight s ancestors really were common people Not an earl or pirate or rich guy among them Most were economically of the working class or sometimes lower in bad times while some made inroads into the British middle class Her people on both maternal and paternal sides rode the wave of the economies of Victorian and 20th century England Coming from Ireland Wales Birmingham Portsmouthand rural areas in southern England they were often tossed in times of economic and societal need Large families regularly lost members young and old to tuberculosis and other diseases that were particularly pernicious in the slums the families often lived in Other family members spent time in work houses institutions for the real needy Others died forgotten in the crude mental hospitals of the times A few left for Australia usually as penal deportees but most spent their lives moving around the areas I ve listed above Curiously no one seemed to end up in LondonAlison Light s extended family from four or five generations back really is the story of Britain and the affects of the Industrial Revolution Her writing is always light and she tells the story of her people in almost a fictional way But her people were real as are their stories This is a really good book


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    (Common People) [PDF NEW] ç Alison Light CHARACTERS ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Alison Light Alison Light ✓ 6 READ & DOWNLOAD I've done a little family tree investigating myself and uickly found that my Victorian ancestors left no trace I could find except their names on census records Too poor for a gravestone in the local churchyard and living

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    CHARACTERS ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Alison Light (Common People) [PDF NEW] ç Alison Light Alison Light ✓ 6 READ & DOWNLOAD Writing family histories has become such an industry over recent years that it's easy to become cynical about them However I tend to like them along with TV programmes like'Who do you think you are?' Alison Light's history of her family is one of the best mainly because it does what it says on the tin and celebrates and values the lives of 'common people' the poor migrant working class living from hand to mouth often spending periods in

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    (Common People) [PDF NEW] ç Alison Light In my mind this book is exactly what family history should be Light recounts the history of her family not just through anecdotes and data taken from census records but she recreates the world of the working poor in which her family lived She researches workhouses insane asylums slums and pauper’s graves She describes the lives of bricklaye

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    (Common People) [PDF NEW] ç Alison Light Looking back near the end of her uietly brilliant book Alison Light observes If anywhere can claim to be my ances

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    CHARACTERS ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Alison Light Alison Light ✓ 6 READ & DOWNLOAD READ Common People I've just finished reading this excellent book by Alison Light Common People The History of an English Family published by Penguin 2014 Although mainly set around the Portsmouth area it is well worth reading no ma

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    (Common People) [PDF NEW] ç Alison Light I suppose when we go delving into our family histories we hope to find the odd billionaire a pirate a famous actor or at least someone interesting Interesting and rich is a good combination But most of us like British author Alison Light find

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    Alison Light ✓ 6 READ & DOWNLOAD CHARACTERS ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Alison Light READ Common People Historian Alison Light provides an excellent and readable venture into her own family's history deftly demonstrating how one incorporates social history local history religious history and to make ancestors come alive She provides several very uotable phrases scattered thoughout the volume certain to resonate with researchers adhering to the genealogical proof standard My biggest complaint pertains to the invisible endno

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    READ Common People Alison Light ✓ 6 READ & DOWNLOAD (Common People) [PDF NEW] ç Alison Light My cousin gave this to me for my birthday knowing my love of family history It's a beautiful book by a scholar who understands the modern English working classes and applies her scholarship to her own family history One of the difficulties of family histories is that they tend to look for the hints of prominence the ones who made a splash married an earl invented a widget This history tells a lot of stories but doesn't succumb

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    (Common People) [PDF NEW] ç Alison Light Alison Light ✓ 6 READ & DOWNLOAD READ Common People If your dotty aunt the one whose stories run along the lines of and then your great aunt Flora's cousin Flora married that Murphy fellow but we never learned what became of him but your uncle George is now a porter wrote a really excellent social history of the English workhouse poor Common People would be it She's an excellent writer and her ancestors are fascinating but the sudden shifts in perspective from one relative and one era and on

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    (Common People) [PDF NEW] ç Alison Light Alison Light ✓ 6 READ & DOWNLOAD I loved this book largely because it is exactly the sort of book that I would love to write based on my own family history research

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