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How did you do?

Read on to find out the answers to last issue’s Family Tree Academy challenges. Our Academy tutor David Annal explains all


Discover the answers to last issue’s challenges

Your document challenge:

The answers

We asked questions about records of death, in two categories, ‘Examining the evidence’ and ‘Tracking down the records’.

Examining the evidence…

I. We showed you a gravestone, from the parish churchyard of Aldenham in Hertfordshire, recording the deaths of a mother and her three children who were drowned in 1880 and asked what sources you could use to find out more about the tragedy?

The death Certificates of Mary Ann and the three children, together with the Aldenham parish burial register, should give us the basic facts. The original coroner’s reports may have survived, but by far the best source of information regarding an incident like this would be the local newspaper.

In this case, the Watford Observer covered the story extensively, describing the tragic events of the fatal day and including a full report of the inquest. The story was also picked up by other newspapers around the country and published as far afield as Cornwall, Manchester and Edinburgh.

II. Ada, Elizabeth Jane and William Richard Whitley were drowned in the incident; how could you find out the names of Edward and Mary Ann’s other children?

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Where are you going to take your family history this spring? From planning a trip to The National Archives to a meander down memory lane, there are so many choices... I bet there are few among us whose hearts don’t gladden when spring is in the air, and this issue we’ve got all sorts of ideas to help you get out and about and enjoying your family history. Whether you’re going to pay a visit to the archives, or plan a day out or weekend away to the places where your family once came from, it’s sure to add so much to what you know about your ancestors’ lives. It’s definitely true – the more we look, the more we learn. Have fun!