Monthly Archives: October 2014

Searching the Pembertons

I established that the mother of my subject was Gladys Pemberton and needed to know if she had any other children or if any of her siblings had children who might be heirs to the estate.  It was a search that lasted … Continue reading

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Campbells of Strachur

My search for John Campbells led me to descendants of the House of Strachur with a line back to the 13th century. Unfortunately I became bogged down with a number of red herrings from this family line. With family first … Continue reading

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EB Awareness Week

Today is the start of Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) Awareness week. You can read about my involvement with DebRA, the charity that helps those suffering from EB, on my DebRA page . You can also learn more about EB by visiting … Continue reading

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Three John Campbells

The random name I had plucked from the Bona Vacantia list of unclaimed estates was that of a lady who had died in 1995. A quick internet search informed me that she had been born in Argentina and her wedding … Continue reading

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Interview BBC Radio Lincolnshire 22 October 2014

Yesterday I spent some time at the BBC Lincolnshire studio in Lincoln and we discussed my train journeys as well as the background to my new book SEEKING JOHN CAMPBELL. You can hear the interview here.

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+10,000 unclaimed estates !!

It seemed a staggering number to me, which since 2010 has climbed to over 11,000. These estates have passed to the government by default. Firstly because the person who died did not leave a will and secondly because heirs who … Continue reading

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It all began with Heir Hunters

As an owl rather than a lark, I originally started watching Heir Hunters on daytime TV whilst having breakfast and as an amateur genealogist I was hooked. Whilst the programme concentrated on the immediacy of probate researchers to track newly posted … Continue reading

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Original family history documents

Whilst the internet speeds up genealogical research it lacks the buzz of discovering an original document and holding it. From a preservation point of view digitisation ensures that old documents remain available to all for ever. Whilst many smaller archives … Continue reading

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Family history research

Genealogy and family history is now the third most popular search on the internet after food and porn. Wondering about one’s forebears has always been of interest to many people and this has increased with the onset of TV programmes … Continue reading

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Will Aid

November is Will Aid month. I used this service a few years ago to renew my will. Great service , reduced price will, and donations go to charity. It is important to have a will and this is a good … Continue reading

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