Records management - planning for disaster

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It’s been a rocky year so far in the world of public records,what with the Moscow library fire and the fire in the Brooklyn records storage facility. In this article Kelvin Smith, former records management consultant at The National Archives, examines some key issues applicable to any organisation that relies on paper and digital records.

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Law Society offers new guidance on complaints

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In an article posted on 22 September 2014, we drew attention to the confusion surrounding the duty of care owed by estate administration lawyers to beneficiaries. Now the Law Society has given its view that while residuary beneficiaries are not clients, they should be regarded as having the status and legal protection of clients.

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Great Anglo-American Alliances #2: Anglia Research offers US customers a free review of unsolved cases

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The D-Day landings were a triumph of Anglo-American co-operation, the largest seaborne invasion in history. Success hung on meticulous planning, detailed intelligence and, above all, total secrecy. All the key aspects of the operation were referred to by codewords.

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“And people think I have a safe office job”

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With over 35 years’ experience as a genealogist, local historian and archivist – and a string of qualifications to her name – you might expect to find Anglia Research’s Terry Bridger in the rarified atmosphere of a record office or, at the very least, safe at a desk in front of a computer. Not in a hazmat suit, hacking a path to someone’s front door with a pair of shears. In this article, she describes the gritty reality of a probate researcher’s work.

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AGRA accreditation - what it means and why it matters

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Since the 1970s there has been an explosion of interest in genealogy, with a corresponding growth in the number of ‘professional’ genealogists. Yet, 40 years on, people still struggle to judge the credentials of different service providers and to distinguish between the various logos that are used on different websites. In this article, Peter Turvey describes the main method for serious genealogists to achieve bona fide professional accreditation.

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