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Tragedy at work

Official documentation can often lead to a search for other sources when intriguing information is revealed.

Whilst researching William Wray we came across a memorial card for him which informed us that he was buried in December 1898 in Gillingham Cemetery aged 49 years. When we received the death certificate we found that his cause of death was concussion of the brain through falling from a building (accident). This had been signed by the coroner after an inquest.

To find out what happened to William we checked local newspapers to look for a report of the inquest. We found the report of William’s accident in the Kent Messenger & Maidstone Telegraph. “Fatality to a builder – William Wray, a master builder, of New Brompton, died on Wednesday from injuries received through falling off a scaffold, on which he was working, on Friday.” Short report but now we know how he died.

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We pride ourselves in conducting research based on actual records and confirmed facts and links. This is why our first step after you have sent us an enquiry form is to gain as much information from you as possible about the branch or branches that you wish us to research.

You may submit an enquiry through whichever method is most convenient to you from those on our contact page.


If you have any copies of relevant birth, marriage and death certificates or other useful documentation we would also like copies of these. In this way we ensure our research starts on a firm footing and not shaky foundations.

Once we have a clear understanding of the information you have provided we will produce a research proposal. This will be sent to you for your consideration. The research proposal will outline:

When you are happy with this and have confirmed your acceptance of the research proposal, we will ask you to pay the deposit either through our online payment facility or by cheque (made payable to ‘New Branches Genealogy’). Once we have received the deposit we will start work on your family history.