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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Royal assent paves way to online access

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The Deregulation Act 2015, which received royal assent on 26 March, paves the way for online access to historic civil registration records in England and Wales.

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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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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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