A genealogist of distinction

Posted in For Relatives, For Solicitors

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A probate researcher by profession, and a passionate family and local historian in her free time, case manager Terry Bridger was already at the forefront of her chosen field. But – never one to rest on her laurels – three years ago she enrolled for a masters degree in genealogical, palaeographic and heraldic studies at the University of Strathclyde. In this article she explains why she gladly embraced such a huge commitment.

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Reclaim the records – a major new resource for genealogical research in the USA

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If you regularly conduct genealogical research in the USA, at some point you will run into an impenetrable web of red tape: state and government agencies will tell you that records are unavailable to the public or only available if you visit them on site. In this article, case manager Terry Bridger reports on a not-for-profit group that is determined to put US public records back in the public domain.

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Ashes, urns and the law on moving human remains

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A builder laying a concrete floor in a former chapel came across an urn, shifted it out of the way and continued his work. When he enquired what to do with his find, he was informed by the Ministry of Justice that moving a funerary urn is a criminal act and in order to avoid a potential prosecution he would need the consent of a family member for it to be moved. So, is it a crime to remove human ashes if they are found buried on your property? In this article, legal researcher Rosie Kelly takes a close look at the law.

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The dark side of probate research

Posted in Fairness Campaigns, For Solicitors

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In this article, first published in Solicitors Journal on 16 August 2016, Anglia Research’s Carolyn Lord warns that while the BBC's Heir Hunters programme has increased public awareness of the role of probate genealogists, it has also brought many amateurs into the industry.

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Problem heir hunters prey on unsuspecting beneficiaries

Posted in Case Histories, Fairness Campaigns, For Relatives, For Solicitors

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At Anglia Research we are committed to helping the victims of negligence and malpractice. In this case history, Philip Turvey describes what happens when potential beneficiaries fall prey to unscrupulous heir hunters who conduct the minimum of research.

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