As I said in my welcome post I have been researching my family for over 30 years tracing and proving one maternal line back to 1350 also, through marriage I am related to the current royal family of the UK, but then so are many thousands if not millions around the world. In the early 90s I produced a regular family magazine to keep my family informed of the progress being made. Tending to concentrate on those ancestors who had made significant progress in accumulating wealth or climbing the social tree both of which for my generation are lagely irrelevent except interest. There were much more interesting stories to tell about others who were not rich or not princesses so for the past few years since returning from our travels I have been cocentrating on ancestors who were warriors, a tramp, those who were in service, shopkeepers and agricultural labourers etc..
The importance of my change in direction was brought home to me by my 10yr old grandaughter, she had been doing a project at school using a computer the teacher had asked the class to find out the names of their grandfathers, my grandaughter gave the name of one of her maternal grandfather. A week later her mother picked her up from school and she told her mum she was dissapointed she did not have any rich ancestors or princesses in her family and her grandfather was a Poo Merchant.
What she had discovered was that her grandfather born in 1820s had put down his occupation as a Manuer Merchant in the 1871 census, her teacher had explained to the class what a Manuer Merchant merchant was so, her interpretaion was a Poo Merchant, amusing as that may sound, to a 10 yr old with the sort of media pressures young people are under to emulate the stars of the television it was disapointing.
So, I did some research of my own and produced a story about manure merchants showing how important they were at a time when there were thousands of horses in big cities like London, where her grandfather lived, and that without people like her grandfather to clear up the manure left behind by those horses we would soon be neck high in the stuff. I found an article in a New York newspaper of 1860 where it was stated that if it was not cleared away by the 1950s they would have manure up to 9th floor of the tallest buildings in the city, it also had a very amusing cartoon which I copied and put in the story. I also gave her a story about one of my ancestors who was one of the first British policemen in 1840, together with another story of an ancestor who at the age of 14 joined the army in 1875 and fought in battles in Egypt, Sudan and India and was killed in WW1 during the battle of the Somme.
My grandaughter gave a presentation of these stories to her class with the closing remarks that no matter how wealthy or significant your ancestors may be everybody is important as are their acheivments.
So that is the type of family history I plan to write probably by resurrecting the family history magazine together with small booklets for some individuals and groups of proffessions, at the present time I am doing a booklet for warriors of the family. I have proof of several family members involvement going back to the battle of Agincourt as an archer. So as well as their individual involvement there will also be passages covering how and why, hopefully it will provide future generations interesting stories that give them a wider understanding of life at the time their ancestors lived.