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Be the Woman You Want to Be by Elisabeth Wilson, Infinite Ideas

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149. Show and tell

From old boxes under the bed to dirt-encrusted suitcases in the attic, we all have collections of memorabilia, ephemera and documents relating to the history of our homes and family.

Building up a full picture of your family’s past as you go along is as important as discovering who your ancestors were. It is amazing how much can be found in papers secreted about the house or in the memories of your relatives.

So, start rummaging for family papers and memorabilia, and recording the memories of those who now possess them. What have you and your family got stored away? Start with yourself before moving on to your nearest and dearest – and remember too that it may not be the near or the dear that have the most useful stuff. ...

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