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Mary Stentiford's Settlement Examination George Edward and Sarah Stentiford Sarah Stuttaford's Story

This month sees the second guest article compiled by Hugh Lodge. This time, he writes about Sarah Stuttaford - a feisty, determined Victorian woman who married into the Stuttaford family, emigrated to Canada with her husband and used her own skills to support herself after his death. If you haven't already visited Hugh's website, here's the address again: .

We were touched to receive the messages of condolence from the United States on the death of the Queen Mother and they were much appreciated. The feeling of sadness here was quite spontaneous and widespread, even though her death occurred after a long and useful life. 

The Queen Mother's great age raises a point for all Family Historians to consider as more and more people live to become centenarians. The rule which holds back the publication of British Census Returns for a 100 years was meant to prevent intrusion into the personal lives of living people. At the end of March, a lady called Rose Cottle, leading a National protest against the closure of Care Homes for the elderly, called at Downing Street to hand in a petition and to tell the Prime Minister exactly what she thought on the subject. She made a considerable impression in the British Press because not only was she smart, articulate and alert, she was aged 102 and clearly still very active. Both she and the late Queen Mother were listed in the 1901 Census which has just been published. In Britain, the number of people living to be 100+ is now counted in thousands - soon, even a waiting period of 110 years may not be long enough to ensure data protection for the individual..

Please note that if you are sending for Birth, Marriage or Death Certificates, from April 1st 2002, all cheques should now be made payable to THE OFFICE FOR NATIONAL STATISTICS. Please note too, that the Government's proposals for the future of Registration in the UK, as outlined in the recent White Paper, are going to have far-reaching implications for researchers. More details later but if you've been meaning to get a certificate and never got round to it, don't wait too much longer.

Keep in touch.

Muriel & Richard


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Mary Stentiford's Settlement Examination

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