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Helen has a One-Place Study of a village in Devon, South West England and sometimes presents as her alter ego ‘Auntie Kate’ (Kezia Ching 1860-1933). A committee member of the international “Society for One-Place Studies” she is an enthusiast for this way of developing family history.
Helen Shields is a retired family doctor who lives near York in Northern England but has a One-Place Study of her childhood village, Sticklepath in the middle of Devon, South West England. Many of the family papers she inherited were collected together by Kezia Ching (1860-1933), her Great Grand Aunt who lived in Sticklepath for most of her life. From these papers, other local publications and stories told by her grandparents Helen has developed an alter ego known as ‘Auntie Kate’. Auntie Kate tells stories of the history of Sticklepath giving some insight into the social history and life in Kezia Ching’s place and times. A committee member of the Society for One-Place Studies, Helen also presents about how One-Place Studies and the techniques they use can help all family historians.
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