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Family History
Poor neglected blog. I’m prompted to get back to it, thanks to a recent run of what us family history dorks sometimes call ‘genealogical serendipity’. This will perhaps ring most bells with more experienced family historians but it has relevance for beginners too. Genealogical serendipity tends to strike when a brick wall you’ve previously encountered in...
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Earlier this week, I went to visit the site of The Keep, the new Archive and Record Office for East Sussex, which is currently under construction at Falmer, just outside of Brighton. Like many people in the area, I have mixed feelings about the loss of the Brighton History Centre, once Brighton Reference Library, that...
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Research your family history
This post has been generously contributed by recent client, Christine Glover, who we have helped to trace the life of a grandfather she never met. If you would like help exploring your own family stories, please contact us for further information. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been curious about my paternal...
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Research your family tree using local libraries
So yesterday, I put on my specs and my best brown sandals and headed out on an exploratory visit to Brighton History Centre to reacquaint myself with local records. I have to confess an interest and an affinity with the place.  My mother worked in what was then Brighton Reference Library when I was a...
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Jewish genealogy specialists
Several years ago when I began researching my own Jewish ancestry, an elderly relative sent me a scuffed piece of paper with a list of unfamiliar names.  These, I was told, were my great-grandfather’s siblings – the Lewkowicz family – from Lodz, Poland.  Then, I knew little more than my great-grandfather’s name and that he...
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East End Family History
In the opening of The Go-Between (1953), the novelist L.P. Hartley wrote famously: “The past is a foreign country…”.  The phrase has been overused to the point of proverb, but it returned to mind recently when working on the history of an East End London family in the 19th and early 20th centuries.  This family...
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