Discover Your Ancestors – May 2022
English | 34 pages | pdf | 5.33 MB

A warm welcome to the May issue of Discover Your Ancestors magazine, your monthly digital mix of family and social history.
A reminder that our York Family History show – in real life again – is on 25 June – turn to page 26 or see www.thefamilyhistoryshow. com for details. And you can also still get hold of our current printed publication in WHSmith or from
Meanwhile, this latest Periodical covers the usual rich variety of subjects, from what our ancestors wore to go the beach, to the life of an Indian doctor during the country’s partition, and the tribulations of a Victorian coffee roaster. I do hope you enjoy it.
Andrew Chapman, Editor


4The semaphore line: Semaphore towers provided a vital means of military communication before the invention of the telegraph. Caroline Roope passes on the message
10 A history of swimwear: As the warmer months beckon, Jayne Shrimpton explores what our forebears donned to enjoy the water
15 Mistress of riddles: Nick Thorne investigates the famous author whose colourful ancestors fled France
20 The Victorian coffee roaster: Researching the coffee roasting industry in 19th century London exposes the risks involved in what was often a family business – risks that could end in court, as Nell Darby reveals
23 Times of transition: Khadija Tauseef tells the story of her grandfather, who lived through the partition of India and Pakistan and devoted his life to helping people
29 History in the details: Materials – cotton (part 5)
26 News 28 Place: Kent 30 Books 31 Classifieds

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