Buried in the marriage register

Posted in Case Histories, For Family Historians, For Relatives

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The work of a probate genealogist doesn’t end once all the potential beneficiaries to an estate have been traced. We also have to prove the beneficiaries’ relationship to the deceased. Hearsay and family tradition are not enough. The Treasury Solicitor requires hard evidence – and that means documentary evidence of kinship. In this case history, Oliver Howard discusses one estate that would have reverted to the Crown, had it not been for a flash of insight and a willingness to dig deeper.

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When a vocation calls

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Janet Bishop is chair of ASGRA, the Association of Scottish Genealogists and Researchers in Archives, and one of only two researchers who are members of both ASGRA and its sister association, AGRA, in England. In this interview she brings a healthy dose of Scottish common sense to bear on a wide range of topics, from accreditation to networking and continuous professional development.

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Law Society offers new guidance on complaints

Posted in For Solicitors

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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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Archives across the country open their doors

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Explore Your Archive week (10-16 November 2014) is a nationwide celebration of archives and a chance for local communities to discover the treasures on their doorstep.

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