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Your letters

Readers share their research tips, puzzles, dilemmas and family snippets…

Learning from inaccuracies on the 1939 Register

Like many others I have been using the 1939 Register. Most of my English relatives are descendants of my mother’s Aunt Janet (Mrs Swan). Aunt Janet was the surviving daughter of my great-grandfather Alexander Boyd’s first wife. She was having her family while her stepmother, Alexander’s second wife, was having hers. In the process of researching my family, I have come across inaccuracies in the register, and thought it would be useful to share three examples with fellow readers.

1. Search by street if surname fails

Aunt Janet’s daughter Agnes Leckie Wilson, a widow in 1939, was living with her eldest brother, John Swan, also widowed. Agnes Wilson died in 1946. Her administrator was her daughter Agnes Mary Bruun. Bruun is a north German and Scandinavian version of Brown.

Based on this information I located Agnes’s marriage in 1922 to Reginald Aubrey Bruun. They had one son, Reginald Anthony Bruun, the following year, born in Barnet Registration District.

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Do you know what your surname means and where it's come from? You don't? You've come to the right place. With the April issue of Family Tree we've got a cracking 32 guide to help you learn about your family names. From surname super-sleuth organisation the Guild of One-Name Studies, it's packed with advice to research your family surnames - wherever in the world they come from... Plus - inside the mag - we've got 10 top family history projects to help you organise your research, university research into our ancient 10,000 year old ancestor (he's the great-grandpa of us all) and the tale of an orphan, disinherited and banished into slavery - and his 30 year fight to regain what was rightfully his!