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Research thinking skills

Your case study chall enge

Family historian Melvyn WingTheld needs some help in tracking down his 2x great-grandfather, Matthew. To follow is an account of what he knows. Have a read and think how you might find the answers to Melvyn’s questions.

The earliest record Melvyn has found is Matthew’s marriage to Lydia Bird on 14 February 1836 at St Mary’s Church, Northchurch (Berkhamsted) in Hertfordshire.

By 1841 Matthew and Lydia were in Bletchingley, Surrey with a daughter Sarah, aged five. Their second child, Francis, was baptised later the same year in Bletchingley but they then turned up in Paddington where another son, George, was born and baptised on 4 November 1844. Two more children were born back in Berkhamsted but this is where it all started to get confusing.

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