Digitising records - making an informed choice

Posted in For Solicitors

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Earlier this year, Google vice-president Vint Cerf warned that our digital records may not stand the test of time. In this article, Kelvin Smith, former records management consultant at The National Archives, looks at the feasibility and desirability of digitising records.

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

Posted in Case Histories, For Family Historians, For Relatives

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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.

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Helping solve problems with unregistered property

Posted in For Family Historians, For Solicitors

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Twenty-five years ago the land register was opened to public inspection and compulsory land registration finally came into effect across the board in England and Wales. Yet it is still possible to search the Land Registry for a property and fail to find its details. This article takes a brief look at the history of land registration and outlines some of the specialist services that Anglia Research offers solicitors to help them establish property ownership.

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The value of clarity

Posted in For Relatives, For Solicitors

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We are proud to announce that, as of today, we can display the Internet Crystal Mark logo on our website – the Plain English Campaign’s seal of approval. In this article, commercial director Carolyn Lord explains why clarity matters.

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A day in the life of a case manager

Posted in Case Histories, For Relatives

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A beneficiary’s most important contact with Anglia Research is the case manager who conducts and coordinates research on their family tree, keeps them informed of progress and answers all their questions. It’s a demanding job that calls for an unusual blend of skills. On the one hand, a case manager must be a grittily determined and persistent researcher. On the other hand, he or she must be approachable, empathetic and tactful – because, after all, someone has died. In this interview, case manager Alex Horrod gives us an insight into his day.

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