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Family history file at TNA

Postby junkers » Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:21 pm

Somewhat unexpected there is a Foreign and Commonwealth Office file (FCO 7/8013) which has just been released from 1990. It concerns the President of Chile (President Aylwin) to visit the UK and to look up his Welsh ancestry. His great-grandfather (Ricardo Patricio Aylwyn) went to Chile in 1833 and had been born in London on 17 October 1797 according to his family bible. After no-one was willing to do the research, money was paid for the Royal College of Arms to carry out the research and it was found that his ancestors were English and not Welsh. There had been a plan to give the President a copy of this family tree but no response was received when it was stated that his ancestors were English and not Welsh. The file also includes a letter from a Primary School girl in Gloucestershire and a woman in Surrey who were interested in his/their possible lineage. This has not be publicised by TNA.
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Re: Family history file at TNA

Postby Editor » Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:33 pm

Thanks for sharing this, it sounds like a great story. I don't usually go to TNA's annual file release event for press anymore because the files usually aren't of any interest to us, but this one sounds fascinating! We'll investigate further...
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Re: Family history file at TNA

Postby junkers » Fri Feb 28, 2020 3:12 pm

Thanks. This doesn't actually come from the annual releases (there are two, July and December), but from daily released records after 20 years or so, it varies from department to department. They can be found on the Discovery catalogue on the TNA website by entering * and "records released in the last 24 hours". In my view what TNA publicise are very boring and miss out any interesting files, you can pretty much guarantee that the newspapers all follow the same stories, what they really need to do is to delve into all of the lists of the files. If you look on 1 January each year to see what has been released, although it doesn't mean they have actually released them, you can find some interesting files, albeit it not for family history although the Registrar General's Office files (the RG series) can throw up some interesting files on registration of births, marriages and deaths.
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