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Paul Blake

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 Set out your problem as clearly as you can, and include copies of any certificates you think might be useful.

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Missing Persons

Criminals and Bastards

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Death and Disaster

What's in a name?

Servicemen and Women

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