“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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Britain alone

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When Royal Mail decided to pay tribute to the war generation with the “homeland heroes” series of postage stamps, they asked Anglia Research to trace three evacuees featured in an iconic photograph taken at Kings Cross station. It was important to establish if the children could be identified and whether they were still alive, in which case their permission would be needed to reproduce the photograph as a stamp. In this article, Peter Turvey explains the historical context in which the photograph was taken and how this meant that the children could be traced.

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A lifeline to independence

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Terry Bridger reports on a case that illustrates how the timely intervention of a probate genealogist can transform a beneficiary’s life, bringing tangible improvements sometimes at the very moment they are most needed.

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