When patience and persistence pay off

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In this article, case manager Carolyn Felgate extends the definition of ‘patience’ and ‘persistence’ as she reports on her ten-year struggle to chip away at an impregnable genealogical brick wall – the case of Mary Margaret Baker.

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Celebrity intestacies should be a warning to us all

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The multi-award winning soul singer Aretha Franklin, who died recently after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, leaves an enduring musical legacy – but no will setting out how she would like her $80 million estate to be distributed. In this article, Rosie Kelly reports on the widespread resistance to writing a will among celebrities and the general public alike, and spells out the consequences.

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Between two families

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In this article, case manager Sam Watkin discusses an informal adoption arranged before the Adoption of Children Act 1926. When relevant public records are almost entirely absent, how can probate genealogists prove someone’s identity?

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Finding family for Daisy

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At Anglia Research we regularly respond to newspaper appeals for information about lost family, helping to put a face to a lost father, reuniting scattered relatives – or finding loved ones to attend a funeral, as Matthew Boardman reports.

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Is cheating by heir hunters the real reason BVD stopped will searches?

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The past year has seen a spate of articles claiming that as a result of government cuts the Bona Vacantia Division (BVD) no longer searches for a will when a case is referred to them as apparently intestate. In this article Peter Turvey separates fact from fiction, unpicking the errors in this argument and homing in on a more probable cause for procedural change within BVD.

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