A Major breakthrough in the Scott line Taking a tank to knock down a small brick wall

The siblings – full, half, and step varieties – of great grandfather Charles Scott haven’t had much of a look in on Cutlock and Co so far (just ‘How to Brake the records‘). Sadly this is mainly because most of them died in infancy. Also Scott is another of those common names, and (unlike the Smith line) no unusual or fixed middle names to help.

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An array of Osbornes Knocking down a wall to see the wider picture

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Up until the beginning of this month (April 2016), two of great grandmother Amelia Osborne’s siblings had proved elusive, despite looking for several years. The brick wall has well and truly been smashed through thanks to third cousin Alan Croad, for one of the two at least.

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How to Brake the records

Here is a good illustration of how being open to inquiries on family history can pay dividends. A comment on The Tonypandy that Mum knew article gave some information on a family in that town, living just round the corner from our crew in the early 1900s. A long shot, but could Cutlock and Co come up with any pointers? No harm in seeing if the focus of attention (Florence M Reed) was easy to find in the 1911 census and yes a match came up on an Ancestry search straight away.

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Unexpected revelations from great gran’s will

You never quite know where new data releases will lead you. Ancestry has recently extended the coverage of the National Probate Calendar up to 1966 – seemingly a dry record of the basic details of wills but occasionally giving a lot more than just an idea of how much someone was ‘worth’ when they died.

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