The history behind your birth certificate

Posted in For Relatives, For Solicitors

decoration

As the gateway to basic legal entitlement, birth registration is one of our most fundamental human rights: the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child acknowledges that every child should “be registered immediately after birth”. In this article, Peter Turvey looks at the long and sometimes tortuous road to full birth registration in England and Wales.

Read more

Row, row, row your boat

Posted in For Relatives, For Solicitors

decoration

At Anglia Research we admire tenacity and determination, which is why we are sponsoring Yorkshire Rows, a team of four intrepid women who will set off this December on a 3,000 mile journey across the Atlantic from La Gomera in the Canaries to Antigua. In this interview, team member Frances Davies (pictured left, above) explains why she’s taking part in the Talisker Whisky Challenge, and how the team plans to cross the ocean with only their oars to propel them.

Read more

Family history changes lives

Posted in Case Histories, For Relatives

decoration

Through her work with Who Do You Think You Are? Eileen Butcher has helped a fair few celebrities unearth their family history, but she’s equally at home helping some of the country’s most vulnerable people rediscover their past. In this interview she discusses the work that Anglia Research does for The Money Carer Foundation (MCF), a not-for-profit organisation that supports adults who are not able to manage their own financial affairs.

Read more

The risks and rewards of a low value case

Posted in Case Histories, For Relatives

decoration

More than two and a half million Jews fled Russia between 1881 and 1914. Many of the records that documented their lives in the Pale of Settlement have been destroyed by pogroms, revolution and war. This makes researching Russian-Jewish ancestry a daunting task, and one that some probate research companies shy away from. In this article, Hannah Cutts discusses a risky case that remained on the bona vacantia list for seven years.

Read more

“As a genealogist, it’s my job to ask questions”

Posted in Case Histories, For Relatives, For Solicitors

decoration

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.

Read more