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9 thoughts on “Contact Us

  1. How can I get your books on talking book? I am a penfriend of Simon’s.

  2. Hello June

    The short answer is I just dont know. You will gather from my website that all this is fairly new to me so I dont have the answer to everything. You could perhaps get in touch with the History Press and email them to see if they have any plans for any of the books to be made into talking books. Sorry I cant help you more


  3. Hello June. I have just found out that you can get my book translated for you into audio format or braille by the RNIB. You need to contact them to find out which is the nearest centre and then send them a copy of the book and they will do it for you for free. I hope this helps. Please let me have your comments when you have read the book. I do so hope that you enjoy it. Best wishes Margaret

  4. Hello there

    Sorry but I am unable to help you in this matter. When working on the Rotherham Workhouse I worked mostly from the Guardians Minute Book which obviously dont record births of inmates but there are other books that might. I can only suggest that you visit or contact the Archives staff who are very knowledgable about family history and they may be able to point you in the right direction. One thing I would say is dont give up and find another way around it.
    Best of luck

  5. I would like to get in touch with you if possible regarding your book War and Peace. My Father Norman Earnshaw emigrated to Australia in 1929 on the Oronsay. I have the full passenger list of the ship with his name there and I am trying to find out more about how he went there. He stowed away to get home after 2 years. I know a bit about his time out there.
    Other things I know about my family is that his Father, my Grandfather , William Earnshaw was killed at Hill 60 in the First World War. Also my uncle Wilfred Earnshaw was a prisoner of war during the second world war. I know some things about that too.
    I do not know if this would be of interest to you.
    I live in Rawmarsh and my husband and I are members of Rotherham Family History Society and are on their committee.

  6. Hello Margaret. Good to hear from you and I am delighted to hear that you have read my book War and Peace, I hope that you enjoyed it. I have a couple of ideas for which direction to point you in and will contact you on my gmail account. I am pretty sure that if I cant help you I know some people who can. I will be in touch soon.

    All the very best, Margaret

  7. Having read your very interesting book, Rotherham workhouse, I’ve been inspired to try again researching family history – mother’s side quite easy but my paternal grandfather, Reginald Robinson, was born in Rotherham workhouse 26.6.1891 as was his elder brother John 23.10.1888. The only further information I’ve traced was that of their mother, Elizabeth Robinson (pottery hand) on the 1911 census stating she was born in Masborough about 1866, where she is listed as a visitor to 128 Psalters Lane, Holmes. I couldn’t find any trace of her on earlier census returns. I’ve been unable to trace a birth certificate for her or any reference to her possible husband (or partner) other than a mention of John Robinson as father on Reginald’s marriage certificate. Do you know if there are any further avenues I might delve into? Thank you – Susan Gladding

  8. Hello Susan, I am really pleased that you enjoyed reading Rotherham Workhouse. As you probably know it was the first book I ever had published, and particularly enjoyed writing it. I was amazed to find all the material relating to the workhouse in the archives here in Rotherham, and spent most of my holidays and weekends reading them. I am not up to date with researching family history, but I recommend that you contact the archives here in Rotherham as the first port of call on During my research in there, most people visiting were undertaking family history searches. The staff there have been unfailing kind and helpful and I expect they will point you in the direction you need to go. Good luck with your search! All the best, Margaret

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