I enjoyed the article by Tony Boult as I'm starting on my own quest to try and knock down a few 'brick walls' in the family tree. A particular challenge is a very old photo album, possibly over 100 years old, that my brother found amongst our late Dad's effects. We know very little about his father's background, except that he was apparently the black sheep of his family, and we don't recognise anyone in the album. Our Dad was however very keen on going to auctions and coming home with all sorts of 'stuff' so it could be that the album is nothing to do with our family! Hopefully I will find out, yes or no!
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