Family history changes lives

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Through her work with Who Do You Think You Are? Eileen Butcher has helped a fair few celebrities unearth their family history, but she’s equally at home helping some of the country’s most vulnerable people rediscover their past. In this interview she discusses the work that Anglia Research does for The Money Carer Foundation (MCF), a not-for-profit organisation that supports adults who are not able to manage their own financial affairs.

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The risks and rewards of a low value case

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More than two and a half million Jews fled Russia between 1881 and 1914. Many of the records that documented their lives in the Pale of Settlement have been destroyed by pogroms, revolution and war. This makes researching Russian-Jewish ancestry a daunting task, and one that some probate research companies shy away from. In this article, Hannah Cutts discusses a risky case that remained on the bona vacantia list for seven years.

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“As a genealogist, it’s my job to ask questions”

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In the past illegitimate births were shrouded in shame and secrecy. As a result illegitimate children, who have often missed out on family life, are all too easily missed from a family tree. Sometimes the only way you can find out about them is by asking difficult questions. In this case study Dr Lisa Hill tells the poignant story of Margaret, a Barnardo’s child who now works as a volunteer for the organisation that brought her up.

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A day in the life of a case manager

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A beneficiary’s most important contact with Anglia Research is the case manager who conducts and coordinates research on their family tree, keeps them informed of progress and answers all their questions. It’s a demanding job that calls for an unusual blend of skills. On the one hand, a case manager must be a grittily determined and persistent researcher. On the other hand, he or she must be approachable, empathetic and tactful – because, after all, someone has died. In this interview, case manager Alex Horrod gives us an insight into his day.

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The long shadow of the workhouse

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Mention the workhouse and you conjure up a Dickensian world of stone breaking, oakum picking and bowls of thin gruel. Few people are aware that this grim feature of the Victorian era persisted well into the 20th century and had a very real and damaging effect on people who are still alive today. In this case study, Eileen Butcher looks at one family torn apart by a system that took no account of family relationships.

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