Once it was Kings and Queens, dates of battles and treaties, long parliaments and short parliaments, castles and cathedrals, the story of ordinary men and women was overlooked. History was about the great and the glamorous, the grey masses just provided the back-drop, were just cannon fodder.
Only in recent years has history considered what life was like for most people, only recently has it been realised that Kings and Queens are much the same the world over, but the lives of ordinary folk vary from village to village, that the life of the agricultural labourer was vastly different to that of the industrial factory hand.
Family history too has grown in recent years, no longer is it just the blue-blooded who can bore you with their pedigrees, humble folk can do it too. But family history does at least boost interest in local history and local history returns the compliment.