Has anyone ever used a professional researcher/geneologist and is it really expensive?
I have found out so much about my grandmother's origins thanks to help from people on this and other forums. 9I'm really struggling from now on due to my lack of experience, time and knowledge; and am wondering if it would be worth calling in a professional...
I am trying to find any information on Ethel Winifred Horsham who was born illegitimate in Southwark on 8 April 1911.
Her mother was Ethel Louisa Horsham b.1887 and I have reason to believe her father was Thomas Mason b.1854 from Ewell in Surrey.
Ethel Louisa Horsham married George HC Wilde in Epsom in 1913 and went on to have more children between 1914 and 1922. I have an address for her in Chiswick in 1914 and know the family moved to Tilshead in Wiltshire soon after for George Wilde to take up work.
Ethel Winifred Horsham was taken into care in January 1921, by which time her name was given as Winifred Ethel Lambert. Harry James Lambert witnessed the marriage of Ethel Louisa to George Wilde but I have no knowledge of him and mo reason to comment him other than his surname.
I am trying to find out what happened to Ethel Winifred between her birth in 1911 and being taken into care in 1921. Did she stay with Ethel Louisa or was she sent to live elsewhere? Is there any official record of Thomas Mason being her father? (I have a photo of his daughter which bears a startling resemblance to Ethel Winifred's children and grandchildren). I've contacted the London Metropolitan Archive and they said there may be a maintenance order on record but this would be difficult to search for.
I'm stumped which is why I'm thinking of getting an expert on board. Any opinions/advice/pearls of wisdom welcome please...
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