SIG­NA­TURE SUC­CESS

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - GOING LOCAL -

Mike Sal­ter was on the hunt for his great great grand­fa­ther Charles Sal­ter, but found his search ham­pered by the ex­is­tence of an­other Charles Sal­ter in the same area. He knew that the ‘wrong’ Charles Sal­ter mar­ried Ellen Lucas in 1848, and reg­is­tered her death from cholera in 1854. Mike wanted to be sure that the mar­riage in 1855 of a wid­ower Charles Sal­ter to Ann Dunn was the same Charles, and not his great great grand­fa­ther. To do this he or­dered lo­cal cer­tifi­cates for all three events, and found that the sig­na­tures for Charles Sal­ter all matched.

Mike says, “I had some dif­fi­culty ob­tain­ing copies of the orig­i­nals from West­min­ster Reg­is­ter Of­fice, be­cause they now store older records off-site, but I got there in the end. Although it didn’t re­veal my great great grand­fa­ther, as fam­ily his­to­ri­ans well know, a con­firmed neg­a­tive is of­ten a step for­ward!”

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