Victorian Divorce

Discover how searching for a missing ancestor led Simon Burbidge to learn about Victorian divorce and how surviving records enabled him to track him down in America.

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30 Jan 2020


Doors open at 19:15
19:45 - 21:00
Reading Branch


Reading Branch
The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, 280 The Meadway, Tilehurst, Reading, RG30 4PE, Berkshire


  • Simon Burbidge
    Simon Burbidge

    Simon is a retired Business Consultant having worked for Fujitsu for 26 years, including several years within the county at Bracknell. A keen historian from school days, he has been researching his family history for over fifteen years, ever since he inherited an embryonic tree of the Fletcher side of his family that had been sent to his grandmother. During that time he has uncovered a number of interesting ancestors, one of which he learned was a foundling. Researching him provided the material for this talk.

    Simon has been a committee member of the Abingdon Branch of the society for several years and is a volunteer one day a week at Oxford History Centre, working with the Conservation Manager.

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Berkshire Family History Society works to meet the needs of those researching their ancestry across the UK and overseas – as well as those looking for former relatives in historic Berkshire.  You do not need to be a member to benefit.

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