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Finally a full deck of cards

While sometimes we make rapid progress on our family history, at other times the discoveries come at a slower pace – and are all the more treasured because of it. Reader June Terrington tells of her many years of research into her London folk, and the twists and turns along the route


My mother’s paternal line certainly didn’t have a common surname, and usually that means such ancestors can or should be easier to trace. Well, when I started my grandfather’s line back in 2002, little did I know how hard it was going to be.

My grandfather was christened Edward Lily Card, born on 19 November 1887 in Mile End. You might say, ‘Well how difficult is that?’, and I would agree with you, but looking for Cards in the East End of London is like looking for a needle in a haystack.

I had previously bought my grandfather’s marriage certificate, which stated his father as being no other than another Edward Card, steam loco driver. By this time I was thinking – this is going to be fun, it’s not the surname that’s the problem it’s the first name – but best not panic at this stage.

So I purchased his birth and death certificates, using (to find the details that I needed to make my order – you place your certificate orders at

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Make the most of hibernation indoors this winter with our January 2018 issue. It’s full of family history tips and stories, plus a masterclass guide to essential church records. In addition, there are this issue’s Family Tree Academy challenges for our genealogy learn-along. If you have a new smart phone or device, you’ll love our new series with technology tips for family historians (don’t miss a trick that the web or your mobile can help you out with!). There is so much to enjoy, there’s no time to waste! Wishing you a very Happy New Year of family history to come.