Author Archives: John Daffurn

It looks like a book !

With my manuscript ready for typesetting, Chandler Book Design took over. It was a relief to get it off my desk and a pleasant surprise when the layout proposal came back. Suddenly I could see a book emerging. Various editions … Continue reading

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Referencing and Indexing

Seeking John Campbell has over 120 endnotes and thirty images and my next challenge was to double check and verify the references and write them up in a consistent and acceptable style. I also needed to get written permissions to … Continue reading

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Cover Design

Long before the final copy-edit I had concluded that my first and unusual hybrid non-fiction book containing elements of genealogy, heir-hunting, and social and family history would not attract a main stream publisher. In any event I couldn’t face writing … Continue reading

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EB Awareness Week

Today is the start of Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) Awareness week. You can read about my involvement with DebRA, the charity that helps those suffering from EB, on my DebRA page . You can also learn more about EB by visiting … Continue reading

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Three John Campbells

The random name I had plucked from the Bona Vacantia list of unclaimed estates was that of a lady who had died in 1995. A quick internet search informed me that she had been born in Argentina and her wedding … Continue reading

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Interview BBC Radio Lincolnshire 22 October 2014

Yesterday I spent some time at the BBC Lincolnshire studio in Lincoln and we discussed my train journeys as well as the background to my new book SEEKING JOHN CAMPBELL. You can hear the interview here.

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+10,000 unclaimed estates !!

It seemed a staggering number to me, which since 2010 has climbed to over 11,000. These estates have passed to the government by default. Firstly because the person who died did not leave a will and secondly because heirs who … Continue reading

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Original family history documents

Whilst the internet speeds up genealogical research it lacks the buzz of discovering an original document and holding it. From a preservation point of view digitisation ensures that old documents remain available to all for ever. Whilst many smaller archives … Continue reading

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Family history research

Genealogy and family history is now the third most popular search on the internet after food and porn. Wondering about one’s forebears has always been of interest to many people and this has increased with the onset of TV programmes … Continue reading

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Long-stay travel

Retirement has the advantage of flexibility regarding time. This means that travel can be taken over extended periods and a more intimate knowledge of places visited can be achieved. Although travelling alone can be exhilarating and different one misses the … Continue reading

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