Monday, June 20, 2011

Book Review: Time Traveller's Handbook

Did you know the first friction matches were invented in 1827 - before that, matches had to be lit from another flame? Did you know that a 19th-century voyage by sailing ship across the Atlantic could take as little as 20 days if eastbound, but westbound and in bad weather it could take as long as six weeks?

Time Traveller's Handbook: A Guide to the Past is a guide to genealogical research, intended to help genealogists make sense of records they might find: diaries, financial statements, and documents of all kinds. But it's presented as a guide to life in Canada, America, and Britain of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, and it's full of fascinating tidbits about social ranks, postage, travel, and more, even matches. This makes it a great book for not only genealogists, but also historical fiction readers, Jane Austen fans, writers, and anyone else interested in history. - Michelle (Sunset)

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