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Genealogical enquiries by e-mail

People occasionally write in and ask me some questions. Sometimes they have done some hard research themselves leading to a very fruitful exchange teasing out the best view of all that we can find. Sometimes they ask me questions, giving anything they may know; this too can be very productive as their information can give another angle to search and can lead to serious discoveries. Sometimes they ask questions which indicate they have not understood that there is at least a pretence of methodology in my presentation of information; this too is productive, leading me to review and restate my methods, so that they can get better advantage from what I have plastered on this web-site.

For all these reasons I have just realised that these exchanges can be helpful to others. I start with a recent one: