Always something new to learn

As you can see it’s been a while since I posted anything. Work and family matters until recently seem to have lessened the time I have had for family history.

However in the last few weeks I have been addicted to the Yorkshire Parish Records on Findmypast as mentioned on Dick Eastman’s blog.

My late husbands Paternal Great Grandparents were from the Upper Dales and it is wonderful to be able to verify most of the information I already had without leaving my office chair. It has also been a reminder of the hours I used to spend pouring over parish ledgers and trying to decipher the writing.

Plus I have found some additional facts to add to the family tree. It is difficult to explain to people how exciting I find this. Do your family members glaze over when you inform them of their ancestors?

The main reason for the post was my surprise at reading an article on the BBC website – posted 5 June 2016 on a subject I had never heard about before. It’s title ‘Taken from life: The unsettling art of death photography.’

As an ex professional photographer it is something I certainly won’t have fancied doing. On the plus side I suppose your subject can’t fidget or answer you back.  (To dark)? However it is something that I’m sure I would find quite challenging.

Psychologically I can see how it may be helpful to the family and it is only in recent years that parents have been encouraged to be photographed cradling their stillborn baby. This I thought was something new that had been recognised as a way to help survive emotionally.  However it would appear that the Victorians clearly knew a thing or too about grief.

Please don’t click on the link if you feel that these images could cause distress.

Taken from life: The unsettling art of death photography.



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