Q and A
Our Questions & Answers pages give FHM readers the chance to consult our genealogy expert Paul Blake about their genealogical problems, whatever they might be. Disappearing ancestors, obscure terms, emigrant forebears, confusing paperwork Ð Paul has seen it all before, and more often than not he knows where to look and what to do about solving the problem.
Here, we have uploaded some of Paul's solutions for you to peruse - perhaps you'll find the answer you've been looking for to help get over your brick wall?
If not, you can always send your own letter to Paul via FHM, Room 101, 140 Wales Farm Road, London W3 6UG, or an email via firstname.lastname@example.org. Set out your problem as clearly as you can, and include copies of any certificates you think might be useful.
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- DID HE DIE OR DISAPPEAR?
- HOW DO I FIND HER DEATH CERTIFICATE?
- HOW DO I FIND MY BIRTH PARENTS?
- WHY IS HE NOT ON THE CENSUS?
- WHERE WAS HE THESE TEN YEARS?
- HOW CAN I FURTHER MY RESEARCH?
- DID HE DIE OR DISAPPEAR?
- HOW CAN I SEARCH FOR FREE?
- WHERE DID THEY GO IN 1851?
- WHATâ€™S THE STORY OF â€˜THE GERMANSâ€™?
- WHAT HAPPENED TO MY GREAT-UNCLE?
- WHERE DID THIS PAINTERâ€™S SON GO?
- HOW CAN I FIND TWO MISSING ANCESTORS?
- WHERE DID MY GREAT-AUNT GO?
- WHO WERE MY GRANDMOTHERâ€™S PARENTS?
- WHAT WAS THIS INSTITUTION?
Criminals and Bastards
- HOW CAN I FIND AN UNKNOWN FATHER?
- IS THIS EVIDENCE OF A BIGAMOUS ACT?
- DID HE FIND HIS MISSING FATHER?
- WERE MY ANCESTORS MARRIED?
- CAN YOU HELP TRACE MY MATERNAL FOREBEARS?
- WHERE WERE THEY FOR SIX YEARS?
- WHY IS IT HARD TO FIND A CATHOLIC?
- CAN YOU UNRAVEL MY COMPLEX PUZZLE?
- WHERE AND WHEN WERE THEY BORN?
- WHICH GIRL IS MY GRANDMOTHER?
- WAS SHE REALLY MY AUNT?
- COULD HE HAVE BEEN A SOLDIER?
- WHY WAS SHE BORN IN GERMANY?
- HOW CAN I SEARCH BEFORE THE CENSUS?
- WAS HE BORN ON THE CANAL?
- WHY CAN I FIND NO TRACE OF A MARRIAGE?
- HOW DO I BEGIN MY RESEARCH?
- ARE THESE PEOPLE ALL MY FAMILY?
- HOW TO FIND A BIRTH AT SEA?
- HAVE I GOT THE RIGHT PAPERWORK?
- WHY WERE MY ANCESTORS LABELLED â€˜POOR Xâ€™?
- HOW CAN I FIND AN INDIAN BIRTH?
- WHERE CAN I LEARN ABOUT THIS ORPHANAGE?
- WHY ARE HIS RECORDS SO INACCURATE?
- WHY DID HE MISS HIS INHERITANCE?
- WAS HE A BUILDER OR A RAILWAYMAN?
- CAN I FIND OUT ABOUT MY LICENSEE FOREBEAR?
- WHAT HAPPENED TO MY ATHLETE ANCESTOR?
- HOW CAN I FIND MY PUBLICAN FOREBEAR?
- HOW DID HE EARN HIS LIVING?
- COULD A FARMER BECOME A LAWYER?
- WHY WAS HE IN MALTA ?
Death and Disaster
- WHAT ARE PROBATE INVENTORIES?
- HOW CAN I FIND HIS DEATH AND BURIAL?
- WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS SAILORâ€™S WIDOW?
- WHAT CAN I DO TO FIND THIS DEATH?
- CAN I FIND THIS AIRMANâ€™S MEDICAL RECORDS?
What's in a name?
- WHY DID THEIR NAME CHANGE?
- ARE THEY THE SAME PEOPLE?
- WHY CAN I FIND TWO MAIDEN NAMES?
- COULD A FAMILY HAVE CHANGED ITS NAME?
- WHAT WAS MY ANCESTORâ€™S NAME?
- DID MY GRANDFATHER HAVE A TWIN?
- WHY DOES HIS FATHER HAVE THE WRONG NAME?
- WHY DID SHE HAVE TWO NAMES?
- WHY DOESNâ€™T MY PATERNAL ANCESTOR SHARE MY SURNAME?
- ARE THESE TWO PEOPLE ONE AND THE SAME?
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