Surviving Mother Nature's Tests - Publication Information

Surviving Mother Nature’s Tests: The effects climate change and other natural phenomena have had on the lives of our ancestors (with examples from the British Isles)

Surviving Mother Nature’s Tests relates many examples of situations observed in nature – primarily from the British Isles, but applicable everywhere – to the lives of people, and by extension families, who experienced or endured them during the past several centuries.

Descriptions of many types of natural phenomena are presented along with numerous references to publications in which readers may find much more information as to their origin and impact on people.

Information presented will be of interest to those who want an introduction to the causes and effects of climate change. Family historians will gain knowledge about how such processes significantly affected generations of people during the past several centuries.

As the title suggests, the book summarizes different natural phenomena, the time periods in which they occurred and explanations of how people survived the particular tests imposed on them by Mother Nature. Some natural events, such as climate change, have played out over centuries; others, including major storms or floods, have caused damage and death in just hours. Many incidents concerning natural phenomena have altered lives and livelihoods, disrupted normal activities and, in many instances, forced people to change their way of life or move.

Mother Nature has constantly been testing humans with a variety of natural phenomena. Studies of family history are not complete without consideration of the environs in which our ancestors lived. Mostly only strong and resourceful people – or in some cases, the luckiest ones – lasted through the many alterations of their physical surroundings.

Surviving Mother Nature’s Tests is available from the publisher, Unlock the Past (Gould Genealogy & History) and directly from the author in both print and PDF format. For purchase information, go to

Order from the author, at the following prices:
  • Print version: Cdn$57.50 including postage*
  • PDF version: Cdn$28.50 (delivery via document transfer)
Contact Wayne Shepheard: survivingmnt at gmail dot com

Payment should be made through Paypal to the above email address. Once received a copy of the book will be forwarded. For the print version please supply a mailing address. The PDF version will be sent electronically via document transfer, so an active email address is required.

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