Where to Find Historical Books for Genealogy and Family History

I was surfing Pinterest today and found "The Servantless House" by R. Randal Phillips, written after WWI, when many women had transitioned to factory jobs and there was a shortage of domestic help and increased costs for anyone hiring domestic help.  

"Already we have a Women's Legion which demands not only a very much higher rate of wage for domestic work than ever was paid in the old days, but also makes it a stipulation that a girl shall have specified times for her meals, during which she is not to be disturbed; two hours off every day; and every Sunday off from after dinner till 10 o'clock at night..."   Not only did servants start demanding breaks for meals and a few hours off each day, they also now demanded,  

"proper sleeping accommodation and adequate food."   The horror!  

"All this, quite obviously, intensifies an already very difficult pro…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Archives

A Beginner's Guide to Archives is a guest blog post by Alistair McGowan, professional genealogist and owner of bespokeGenealogy.com. Originally from the UK, Alistair now lives in Ontario, Canada, where he runs his genealogy business & research services. Alistair is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has a Postgraduate Certificate in Genealogical, Paleographic and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland.  If you have any UK ancestry, be sure to follow Alistair on Pinterest, where we connected. His images are beautiful and his posts are filled with useful family history resources, travel tips, and such detail it's hard to believe he spends any time in Canada. His blog and Pinterest images have inspired me to plan a Heritage trip to the UK!  My thanks in advance to Alistair for his willingness to share his knowledge. Now, on to his guest post, A Beginner's Guide to Archives.   It used to be that the only way you coul…
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Family History Month – Rediscover Library and Archives Canada

On Day 13 of Family History Month, search free databases at Library and Archives Canada.     Library and Archives Canada, LAC, is the National Library and National Archive of Canada. The library portion has an amazing collection of Canadian publications because publishers are required by law to deposit a copy of anything published in Canada. The archive portion collects Canadian government records of historical value and also stores government records when a government department no longer needs them.  The archive also accepts private collections of national significance.   In case you're going to skip the rest of this write-up and rush off to the LAC for your research, I'm going to give you my main tip for the LAC right here. When you select any database from the above-menu you'll be brought to that collection's guide page. I'm always like a deer in the headlights, frozen, panicked, wondering where the search window is. It's always on the menu in the …
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