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The Story Behind A Burial Monument
Rev Rob Harris, Minister of South Craven Baptist Church with Richard Smith
Tracing your ancestors has become increasingly popular and often people enquire about their relatives at the churches where they are buried. Most however do not go on to write a book about their findings.

However, in the case of Richard Smith he has gone on to write a 734 epic history of his family after several years of painstaking research. Some of those relatives who were at one time part of the church are buried in the cemetery at South Craven Baptist Church. Pictured is the author Richard Smith presenting a copy of the finished work to the present minister Rev. Rob Harris.

Richard Smith with his wife June
Following nineteen years of research, ‘A Saga of Smiths: An Epic Family History’ was released for global distribution earlier this month.

This epic Family History began as a response to Richard's father's death (in April 1999) and was finally completed in July 2018. What was initially a modest tribute to his late father grew, over the years, into a large and highly informative work.

Richard soon realized that, to gain a more rounded and fuller understanding of his father he needed to be better acquainted with the lives of his forebears. What a wealth of detail was to be uncovered during those nineteen years of research!

Ambitious and daring in its scope, this work traced key family members – some of whom were 'larger than life' characters with an exceptional talent for business. Also featured were 'strong-minded' women whose lasting influence was to be felt down the generations. The severe hardships endured by such ancestors has been vividly portrayed.

‘A Saga of Smiths' covers a timescale of over one thousand years, with extra attention given to the well-documented period of 1700 to 2000. It traces the varied fortunes of the Smiths of West Yorkshire and their connection with other families, including the Cloughs of Crosshills, the Fareys of Skipton and the Stamfords of Holderness.

A key theme soon became apparent and was to run throughout this ‘History.’ This was the determined use (by successive generations of Smiths) of what we may now call 'survival strategies.' Their constant aim was always to bolster a precarious 'respectability' in what were often harsh and unstable environments. The Smiths made use of a whole array of ‘survival strategies’ to achieve this goal – one of which included ‘marrying into money.’

The factual information in this work should prove most useful to research students and family, local and social historians alike. 'A Saga of Smiths'is an informative and lively read, bringing to the fore some very interesting, if not profound characters.

Bibliographical details

A Saga of Smiths:
An Epic Family History
Richard Smith (2018)
Lulu Publications
Page length: 734 pages

Hard Cover Version
ISBN 9781910871898
Soft Cover Version
ISBN: 9781910871065

(Both editions can be ordered through Amazon. Individual chapters are also available on Amazon Kindle)

For more information:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/R1Publications

The Story Behind A Burial Monument, 20th October 2018, 11:20 AM