A genealogist of distinction

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A probate researcher by profession, and a passionate family and local historian in her free time, case manager Terry Bridger was already at the forefront of her chosen field. But – never one to rest on her laurels – three years ago she enrolled for a masters degree in genealogical, palaeographic and heraldic studies at the University of Strathclyde. In this article she explains why she gladly embraced such a huge commitment.

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When families fall apart

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When children are separated from their birth parents and siblings at a very early age, questions remain – fundamental, painful questions such as “what happened?” and “why me?” As the decades pass, these become questions that only a brother or sister can answer. In this article, regional head Mike Lowe reports on a case where a brother and sister were reunited after more than 50 years and unanswered questions finally found a resolution.

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Reclaim the records – a major new resource for genealogical research in the USA

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If you regularly conduct genealogical research in the USA, at some point you will run into an impenetrable web of red tape: state and government agencies will tell you that records are unavailable to the public or only available if you visit them on site. In this article, case manager Terry Bridger reports on a not-for-profit group that is determined to put US public records back in the public domain.

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A question of identity

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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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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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