The digitising decade

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In this interview, Oliver Howard looks back on a decade with Anglia Research and a whirlwind of technological change.

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Relative success?

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What happens when a probate researcher spots one of their own relatives’ names on the bona vacantia list? Case manager Terry Bridger knows the answer, because it once happened to her.

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Waterloo - not a song, not a station, but a chance to commemorate

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Sunday, 18 June 1815: on a low ridge, south of the village of Waterloo, the Duke of Wellington’s 67,000-strong coalition army faced Napoleon’s Armée du Nord - 69,000 infantry, cavalry and artillery men. If you factor in the Prussians, who arrived to support the coalition later that day, the present-day descendants of the soldiers who fought at Waterloo probably number between one and two million people. Now the search is on to find them.

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Buried in the marriage register

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The work of a probate genealogist doesn’t end once all the potential beneficiaries to an estate have been traced. We also have to prove the beneficiaries’ relationship to the deceased. Hearsay and family tradition are not enough. The Treasury Solicitor requires hard evidence – and that means documentary evidence of kinship. In this case history, Oliver Howard discusses one estate that would have reverted to the Crown, had it not been for a flash of insight and a willingness to dig deeper.

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When a vocation calls

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Janet Bishop is chair of ASGRA, the Association of Scottish Genealogists and Researchers in Archives, and one of only two researchers who are members of both ASGRA and its sister association, AGRA, in England. In this interview she brings a healthy dose of Scottish common sense to bear on a wide range of topics, from accreditation to networking and continuous professional development.

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