Copy-cat government websites

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Despite years of campaigning, client care remains at risk from copycat government websites – and nowhere is this more true than in the world of probate.

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Irish genealogy: missing records and amazing memories

Posted in Case Histories, For Family Historians, For Relatives

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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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All in a name

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People change their names for a wide variety of reasons – to avoid discrimination, to escape domestic abuse, to make a clean break from their past. While their motivations are very often practical, they can occasionally be whimsical (as a great many Wayne Rooneys, Amy Winehouses and Michael Jacksons can confirm). But, if someone changes their name and subsequently dies intestate, they may have made it very difficult for anyone to trace their next of kin: the names on their birth certificate and death certificate don't match. In this article, case manager and former police inspector Graham Underwood discusses the tools and strategies he uses when a birth certificate proves hard to find, and describes a particularly difficult bona vacantia case that involved a change of name.

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When a small act of kindness makes a world of difference

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The second episode of The Secret History of My Family (available on BBC iPlayer here) presents the story of the Manley and Hunt families, a story in which a small act of kindness saves two young people from the workhouse. In this article, Anglia Research’s Eileen Butcher, who was employed as a genealogist for the programme, describes her response to the finished documentary.

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Eat, sleep, row, repeat: how four intrepid women set a world record

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When Yorkshire Rows arrived to rapturous applause in Antigua on 25 February they became the oldest all-female team ever to have rowed across any ocean. The Talisker Whisky Challenge is widely acknowledged to be one of the world’s toughest endurance tests. Janette Benaddi, Helen Butters, Niki Doeg and Frances Davies took part, rowing 3000 gruelling miles across the Atlantic, to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.

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