For the reader who is interested in genealogy, Akin to Jane can be very rewarding; and the information is supplemented by a link, at the bottom of each person's entry, to the latest records. It is not a document that is meant to be read from cover to cover. Sometimes there is no more information than the dates of vital events. For the general reader it is worth investigating an individual only if one is truly curious, in which case there can be the reward at least of a curriculum vitae, which is often very informative. The men, with their business or military careers, are more detailed than most of the women.

For Jane and most of her siblings, there is scant information. Frank and Charles, the two naval brothers, are the exceptions.

Nevertheless there is good reason for the general reader to delve into this manuscript. One of Joan Corder's informants, Miss Marcia Rice, who was 84 in 1954 when the work was written, was the granddaughter of Edward Knight's daughter Elizabeth, and her husband Edward Royd Rice. Miss Rice wrote extensive memoirs of her family, which Joan Corder copied. Her recollections of her distant childhood were refracted through the most rosy of tinted spectacles; few could read those for her grandmother without needing the discreet use of a tissue. Here is a direct link to Elizabeth.

Please don't stop with Elizabeth - Miss Rice didn't. She left a wonderful record immortalising her entire Rice family, from aunts who could be quirky or intellectual, to uncles who could be courageous or reckless. For many of them there are links in the text to portraits. Be sure not to neglect reading Miss Rice's personal memories, on page 115; and those following, on her great-aunt Marianne Knight.

It is worth taking a look at the List of Illustrations. Many are attached to the people whom I've recommended, but others are not.