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The Chocolate Cream Killer

Nick Thorne looks at the respectable lawyer and his murderous niece, who laced sweets with strychnine, and investigates the record collections on TheGenealogist that help to shed light on many aspects of their lives


Broadmoor, as shown in the Illustrated London News, where the Chocolate Cream Killer would spend the rest of her days
The New Law List 1824 helped to trace John Southerden Burn’s career

John Southerden Burn was an English solicitor and antiquary who, from a family historian’s point of view, is intriguing for having made a study of one of the major backbones of our pursuit – that is the parish registers. His niece, however, would be unmasked as a murderess.

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Welcome to the Christmas issue of Family Tree – we’ve got festive family history treats galore in store for you. Dive into our delicious feast of digitised documents – rare historic collections for you to enjoy browsing and researching on your device. Enjoy some genealogy jollies: a family history crossword, quiz and memories of Christmas traditions from centuries past. And last but not least, this issue sees the launch of the Family Tree Academy – this is your opportunity to hone your family history skills. In part 1, this issue, we’ve got documents for you to decipher, old handwriting for you to transcribe and a research case study for you to pit your wits against. Join in with our learning experience today to become a better family historian!