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If you think that one of your an­ces­tors may have worked for the Civil Ser­vice, try search­ing at find­my­past.co.uk. Christa’s an­ces­tor had to prove his age when he ap­plied for a job, but his birth wasn’t reg­is­tered, so his mother had to sign a sworn tes­ta­ment. Christa used Wil­liam Dar­gue’s A His­tory of Birm­ing­ham Places and Pla­ce­names, which is on­line at bill­dar­gue.jimdo.com. At the Birm­ing­ham NEC show, Christa at­tended work­shops and an ‘Ask the Ex­perts’ ses­sion, which helped her to think lat­er­ally about her re­search. She found all the ex­hibitors ex­tremely knowl­edge­able, of­fer­ing in­for­ma­tion on his­toric bound­aries and ad­vice on where to look next.

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