A question of identity

Posted in Case Histories, For Family Historians, For Relatives

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In an era where we shred bank statements, juggle passwords and fret about identity theft, Kay Morgan discusses the story of a man who willingly allowed his friend to borrow his identity and explains why this was not uncommon in twentieth-century Ireland.

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Problem heir hunters prey on unsuspecting beneficiaries

Posted in Case Histories, Fairness Campaigns, For Relatives, For Solicitors

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At Anglia Research we are committed to helping the victims of negligence and malpractice. In this case history, Philip Turvey describes what happens when potential beneficiaries fall prey to unscrupulous heir hunters who conduct the minimum of research.

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Irish genealogy: missing records and amazing memories

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In this article regional executive Kay Morgan looks at the challenge of researching Irish family history and explains why she finds it so rewarding.

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All in a name

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People change their names for a wide variety of reasons – to avoid discrimination, to escape domestic abuse, to make a clean break from their past. While their motivations are very often practical, they can occasionally be whimsical (as a great many Wayne Rooneys, Amy Winehouses and Michael Jacksons can confirm). But, if someone changes their name and subsequently dies intestate, they may have made it very difficult for anyone to trace their next of kin: the names on their birth certificate and death certificate don't match. In this article, case manager and former police inspector Graham Underwood discusses the tools and strategies he uses when a birth certificate proves hard to find, and describes a particularly difficult bona vacantia case that involved a change of name.

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A past full of secrets

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At Anglia Research confidentiality is very important to us. In our case histories we discuss key aspects of our work, but preserve our clients’ anonymity by changing names and other details that would identify them. By the same token, when our investigations uncover a family secret, we do everything we can, within the law, to ensure that it remains a secret if revealing it would cause distress. News of an inheritance does not have to lead to exposure, as regional executive Kay Morgan explains.

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