South African's search for family completed in 24 hours

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Anglia Research's Sam Watkin found a whole new family for Burnadine Potgieter from South Africa after she came across an article in the Southport Visitor in which Burnadine asked the residents of Merseyside for information about her grandfather Sylvester. It had been her mother’s dying wish to find him. In this article, Sam explains how, using Anglia Research's resources, she located Burnadine’s family within 24 hours.

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Shutting the workhouse door

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It’s one thing to pick up Oliver Twist, written in the 1830s, and encounter a blistering description of a workhouse board: “eight or ten fat gentlemen” congratulating themselves on their own negligence. It’s quite another thing to stumble across a shocking dereliction of duty while leafing through workhouse records dating from the late 1920s. In this article, Dr Lisa Hill reports on a crime that no-one bothered to solve.

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How to keep away from copycats and avoid being phished

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Read our quick guide and avoid being duped by copycat websites and phishing emails.

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Tracing absentee freeholders

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At Anglia Research we frequently locate absentee landlords, or their successors in title, for leaseholders who wish to sell – or extend – their leases, or buy the freehold of their property. In this article, Rosie Kelly summarises the various options open to lessees who are unable to contact a missing freeholder.

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How murder affects inheritance rules

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Recently one of our case managers was searching through historic records when she stumbled upon a probate entry for Frederick Walter Stephen West, better known as the infamous serial killer Fred West who died in January 1995. In this article, legal researcher Rosie Kelly, fresh from success in her CILEx criminal law examinations, looks at the rules of inheritance when a murder has been committed and how these have evolved in recent years.

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