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Your case study challenge Was young Thomas discreetly ‘adopted’…?

Research thinking skills

Read the question below, sent in by reader Joan Daw, who is wondering whether the Thomas Stead she has on her tree was discreetly raised by a couple, to protect the woman she believes to be his unmarried mother from disapproval? Write down your thoughts and we will publish David Annal’s answer in the next issue.

Joan Dawes writes:

I would welcome some advice about Thomas Stead, raised in a branch of our family tree that is of particular interest to us because the father, Thomas Stephenson Stead, was a brother of our great-grandfather and he married Susannah Mary Shaw, our great-grandmother’s sister.

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