Do you know how long it took to sail across the Atlantic Ocean? Was it faster from east to west or west to east? Imagine sailing to India, a five-month trip around the Cape of Good Hope! No wonder late Victorians valued the steamship and the Suez ...
Canal. What difference did the inventions of the telephone or steam engine make to our ancestors' lives? Do you know what a rod or a chain is and what they measured? "Guide to the Past" considers documents and how to look at papers and artefacts that have survived over the years, as well as those family legends and 'myth information' handed down by word of mouth. This sort of information can be found on the Internet - somewhere - but the researcher can waste a lot of time hunting for it. In an entertaining yet useful manner, "Guide to the Past" brings together a lot of facts our ancestors once knew, took for granted, and used regularly. In effect, it acts as a time traveller's handbook for today's family historians.