Bevan/Flynn Heir Hunters


Bevan/Flynn

A pensioner who was orphaned in the Blitz meets her relatives for the first time and the heir hunters investigate a case worth over £100,000.


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Heir Hunters track down the families of people who died without leaving a will.

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They hand over thousands of pounds to relatives who had no idea they were in line for a windfall.

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Could they be knocking at your door?

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Today, the Heir Hunters come across the name of a mystery man.

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Will he provide the crucial clue to solve their case?

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What I want to know is who he is.

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And a woman who was orphaned by the Blitz is helped to find long-lost relatives she never knew existed.

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-Lovely to see you.

-Cheers!

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Plus a list of unclaimed estates worth nearly half a million pounds.

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Could you be related to anyone on it and have thousands of pounds heading your way?

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Every year in Britain, over 300,000 people die without leaving a will.

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If no family is found, their money goes to the government.

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That's when the heir-hunting companies step in.

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Using birth, death and marriage records,

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they race each other to be the first to track down any long-lost relatives entitled to inherit.

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Fraser & Fraser is one of the oldest firms of Heir Hunters in the UK.

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We've found the death of the brother.

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In its 30-year history, the company has tracked down over 50,000 heirs

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entitled to a whopping sum of over £100 million.

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It's 7am, Thursday, in Fraser & Fraser's London office.

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The staff are already hard at work.

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Thursday is the most crucial day as it's when the government releases the Bona Vacantia,

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its weekly list of those who have died with no known heirs.

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Head of the company Neil Fraser has studied the list and allocates cases to his managers.

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-Starting at 1, Bevan, you're working on it, aren't you?

-Yeah.

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Frances Brett has been working at Frasers for 12 years.

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No case is ever the same, but she hopes today will be plain sailing.

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The case I'm looking at today is that of Myrtle, otherwise Tess, Bevan of Poole in Dorset.

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To earn their commission, the Frasers team must piece together Myrtle Bevan's family tree,

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working out generation by generation who her relatives are and if any are still alive.

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But they haven't got a second to spare. Other heir-hunting companies will be working on this case

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and it's often the first heir hunter to reach the heirs

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that wins the business of helping put in their claims to the Treasury.

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First of all, Frances looks up Myrtle Bevan in the electoral roll and finds her last known address.

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Myrtle Bevan lived in a flat belonging to a housing association in the seaside town of Poole.

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She died in July 2007, leaving no will,

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and the authorities believed she had no living relatives.

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To find out if this is the case,

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Frances needs to speak to someone who knew Myrtle.

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It's impossible to know who her friends were,

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but Frances can track down her neighbours.

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Maybe they were close to Myrtle

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and can reveal some crucial clues about her family and past.

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-OK, bye.

-The call to Myrtle Bevan's neighbour has been invaluable.

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Frances now not only knows Myrtle had a sister Joyce,

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but also that when Joyce died, she left Myrtle her life savings,

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making Myrtle a richer woman than Frasers first thought.

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It's given us an idea of the value on this and that could be between £135,000 and £150,000,

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mainly from her sister's estate.

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Now there's even more reason to get a move on and track down heirs before the competition.

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Assisting Frances on this case is Research Director Gareth Langford.

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Gareth uses Myrtle Bevan's maiden name of Ranson

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to search through Frasers' vast database of every birth that has taken place in Britain since 1841.

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And he comes up trumps.

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Got it. OK, she was born in June 1922 by the looks of it.

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Mother's maiden name Diss, a very unusual name. Got to be the right one.

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He then works out that Myrtle's parents were called Harold Ranson and Beatrice Minnie Diss.

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He quickly finds a marriage record.

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There it is. Doesn't happen often!

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And he also finds a record for both of their deaths.

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There it is.

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But he's finding it harder to get any further with the family tree.

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Let's try and find Harry's birth.

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That's because, although they know from the death record that Harold Ranson was 81 when he died,

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there are birth records for two Harold Ransons in the same year,

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one in Guildford and one in Tendring.

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Gareth doesn't know which is the right one.

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It could be either one.

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The situation with Beatrice Minnie is even worse.

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According to her death record, she was born in 1892,

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but the only birth record Gareth can find for a Beatrice Minnie Diss is someone born in Eastbourne in 1887,

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which is wrong by five years.

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There can't be many Beatrice Minnie Disses. That's five years out.

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One's not been registered properly or she's lied about her age.

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The only way to move forward is to get hold of the official marriage certificate of Harold and Beatrice

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and a hard copy of their death certificates.

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These will give the names of witnesses, the occupations of the parents and the places of birth,

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all vital clues which could help unlock Myrtle's parents' true identities.

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All right. Bye.

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The certificates are held at Portsmouth Register Office, 75 miles from the Frasers office.

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But fortunately for the Heir Hunters, distance is no problem.

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Frasers employs a squadron of travelling Heir Hunters

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who spend their Thursdays at the wheel of their car, ready to go wherever the hunt takes them.

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Their job is to sniff out clues and follow new leads.

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Their ultimate aim is to get to any heirs and sign them up before rival heir-hunting companies.

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The nearest one to Portsmouth is Southampton-based Bob Barratt.

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Neil gives him today's assignment.

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The deceased is Myrtle. Her parents are Harry Ranson.

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He was married to Beatrice Minnie Diss. We haven't got a birth for her in 1892.

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What we have got is a birth in September of 1887, five years prior to when she was meant to be born.

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-It may be that her age is five years out.

-Not unknown for ladies to do such things.

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The team also hope that the Register Office will have Myrtle's sister Joyce's death certificate

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which could give them vital clues.

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So I've got three deaths and a marriage, hopefully, from Portsmouth.

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Fran's got this, but you can speak to me. I'm only doing six cases(!)

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OK, Neil. Speak to you later.

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Speak to you soon, mate. Bye.

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Right, Portsmouth.

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Bob takes on the challenge with gusto, but he's got a real reason for hoping it won't be a long day.

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It'd be nice not to be too late tonight. It's my wedding anniversary.

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It would be nice to get home at a reasonable hour.

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In the office, the team are anxious to crack the case quickly too.

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With Myrtle's estate worth £135,000,

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they know other companies will be trying to track down heirs too.

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Realistically, it would be stupid to think that nobody else will be looking at this matter.

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You've always got to treat the case as though it's competitive.

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Just because we spoke to the neighbour and appear to have been the first person to do so

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doesn't mean that she won't have had calls subsequent to my conversation with her

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and given out exactly the same information that she gave to me.

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Bob's racing down the motorway to get his hands on the certificates.

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The team don't want to sit around doing nothing, so they put together possible family trees

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for both of the Harold Ransons and for the Beatrice Minnie who is five years too old.

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It's now 12pm and Bob has arrived at Portsmouth Register Office.

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I'd like to apply for three deaths and one marriage certificate, if I may, please.

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Complete those forms.

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Coming up - will the office have Myrtle's parents' marriage certificate and death certificate?

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Will they give the team vital information?

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Plus the amazing story of an orphan's quest to find blood relatives she's never met.

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Hopefully, somebody out there, one of them, will turn up trumps.

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Now your turn to try your hand at heir-hunting

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with some of the cases that the professionals haven't managed to solve themselves.

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Imogen Florence Watkins died in Woolwich, London, in August 2006.

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She was 88 years old and left an estate worth £36,000.

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Are you related to Imogen? Do you know someone who is?

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Robert Wardle Lyle died in Chertsey, Surrey, in May 2006.

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He was 77 years old and left an estate worth £20,000.

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Are you part of Robert's family?

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Could you be entitled to his money?

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Angela Maria Comi died in Colchester, Essex, in July 2006.

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She was 63 years old and left an estate worth £23,000.

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Are you Angela's relative? Could her cash go to you?

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If you have any information about these unsolved cases,

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then take a look at our website:

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A knock on the door from the Heir Hunters can change lives in amazing ways, not always because of money.

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News about long-lost family members can affect an heir most deeply.

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I'd sooner have him than any money.

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Such was the case with the estate of Joseph Flynn, investigated by Heir Hunter Mary Teviot.

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Mary runs her heir-hunting company Census Searches from her family home in Burgess Hill,

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alongside her husband Charles.

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Yes, about ringing up West Yorkshire to find out where the Newby Hall archives have gone to?

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-I'll do that.

-Today?

-Yes.

-Thank you very much.

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They're not your average Joe Public. Mary and Charles are a Lord and a Lady, but don't stand on ceremony.

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If you're not "cor, blimey", it might help, but often one wouldn't say one was Lord or Lady Teviot.

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Mary is often employed by solicitors from abroad

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who want her to find British heirs due money from people who have died overseas.

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-You've found it?

-Yes. I'll write it down. That'd be a good idea.

-Yeah.

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And the case of Joseph Flynn was no exception.

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Though born in Waterford, Ireland, Joseph died in Calgary, Canada.

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One started the case and it came from the Public Trustee in Alberta who are based in Calgary.

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I think the first letter was about possibly February 1994.

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And it see-sawed on and on until mid-1996,

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so it took over two years.

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Mary's research led her to Joseph Flynn's niece,

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73-year-old Sarah Burgess, from Pendleton, Lancashire.

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We'd just come back from holiday and my brother-in-law said, "There's a letter for you from Canada."

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I said, "I don't know anybody in Canada." He said, "Let's open it up."

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And I opened it up. I said, "Hey, I've got some money!

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"I've got an uncle."

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It worked out about £2,500.

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It was a nice surprise, but it was a big surprise because I know nothing about the uncle that went to Canada.

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It was a bit of family history I was quite pleased to get hold of.

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Although the £2,500 inheritance was a bonus for Sarah,

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it was the news about a long-lost relative that pleased her the most.

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Sarah was born in Birkenhead in 1935, shortly before the outbreak of World War Two.

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And the war tore her family apart.

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'Driven from the daylight skies, the Nazis turn to indiscriminate night bombing.

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'They visit the full terror of air attacks on the ordinary people of Britain.'

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Her father died shortly after her birth and when Sarah was five,

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her mother and sister were caught up in the worst of the Blitz.

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Well, when the sirens went this particular night...

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We heard them coming over. I remember coming down the stairs holding my mum's hand and my sister Julie.

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I can't say I remember anything after that.

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Eventually, we got in the air-raid shelter, or I thought all three of us had got in the air-raid shelter,

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then I remember going into hospital,

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then I got told by the sister in the ward I was in

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that my mum and sister had died.

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I had no idea and I still don't know

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whether there's any part of a grave or anything of my mum.

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Or my sister. I have no idea.

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No idea.

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Having lost both her parents, Sarah was sent to an orphanage in Wales.

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I don't remember much about it, but I know it was very strict.

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We picked potatoes in the field in the freezing cold.

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We used to have little jackets, no gloves. But those were the days.

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A few months later, Sarah was moved to the place that became her home until she was 16 years old.

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I ended up at St Joseph's in Patricroft, a home for boys and girls there. And I loved it.

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It was brilliant. Every Christmas, you got a present that was yours.

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It wasn't wrapped up, but you all got presents.

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Here, Sarah made good friends who became for her a replacement family.

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I think there was 50 boys and 50 girls. We're all still good friends.

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We always end up talking about the old days, which you do when you get our age, and how good they were.

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Perhaps we didn't always realise it.

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In 1956, Sarah met her husband Arthur.

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The couple were together until Arthur's death in 2000

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and had a son and two daughters Jo and Janice and a granddaughter Jade.

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Sarah lost her father at birth and her mother when she was five, so she remembers almost nothing about them.

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Can't remember much of my dad, but I remember my mum.

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I have a feeling I'm a bit like her in looks and what have you.

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And she knows nothing about any of her parents' brothers and sisters.

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But nearly 70 years after she lost her mother,

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Sarah's now decided to find out more about her family history and perhaps even meet her own flesh and blood.

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Just be a journey. A journey of discovery and surprise, I think.

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Hopefully, somebody out there, one of them, is gonna turn up trumps.

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And daughters Jo and Janice think it's important too.

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-I think so because it's nice to know...

-Where we come from.

-Yeah.

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I'd love to know where I get my red hair from. I'm the only one.

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-Maybe there's more of me out there in Ireland.

-God forbid!

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Today, Sarah has arranged to meet Lady Teviot in the hope of getting more information

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about the other heirs to Joseph Flynn's estate, Sarah's relatives.

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-Hello.

-Oh, hello.

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Pleased to meet you, after, you know, quite a long time!

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They look at Joseph Flynn's family tree.

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-That's the one that you started from.

-And here you are, the baby of the family.

-Yeah.

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At my age, 73, being the baby!

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Who knows where they've ended up? You don't know.

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I know now that you're interested in tracing some of your relatives in Waterford.

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We have found a list of addresses to give to you.

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They're all in Waterford, so we're hoping to contact some of those.

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Joseph Flynn was one of eight children.

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His brother Richard was Sarah's father

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and his sister Mary married a man called Edward Doyle from Waterford.

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Mary and Edward had eight children, many of whom went on to have children themselves,

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meaning there might be dozens of Doyles related to Sarah, many of whom might still live in the area.

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Mary has possible contact numbers for these Doyles.

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The biggest point now is if they want to know.

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I'm sure they will because they're the most hospitable country.

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Mary also has something very special for Sarah - letters written by Edward Doyle to Joseph Flynn.

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Here are a couple of letters from 1946 from Edward Doyle.

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"Dear Joe..." Joseph who went off to Canada. "We received your letter.

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"Glad to hear that you're in good health." And then the next letter tells about your mother.

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-Oh, right.

-Here it says, "Now to tell you about Sall..." Obviously Sarah.

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"..was killed in England and her little girl in an air raid in Birkenhead.

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"We don't know anything of the rest of the family." And so the letter goes on. There's a lot in it.

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It's very interesting to see that Joe actually knew about your mother.

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-It's a very emotional thing.

-I wonder if they knew about me?

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I shouldn't have thought so. The raid was in 1940, wasn't it?

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-Yeah.

-This letter is six years later, so they probably totally lost touch.

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-It's just one of those things that kind of happens, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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It's been a great pleasure to meet you and I wish you all the luck in the world with all that.

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-Brilliant.

-Bye-bye.

-Thanks, love.

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The meeting has moved Sarah deeply.

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My mum being mentioned, it brings it home to me

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that I do have an extended family who do know my mum and my family in some shape or form.

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I'm hoping that one of them, if not more, will feel the same as I do and want to be in touch.

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And it's been a memorable occasion for Mary too.

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It was a very emotional experience for Sarah. I'm sure when she gets to Ireland, she'll get a warm welcome

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because she's a delightful person

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and it's wonderful to see somebody who had a shattered childhood become such a wonderful, humorous lady.

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Coming up - will Mary's list of Doyle phone numbers do the trick?

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I'm just wondering if you might be a relation to me?

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And will Heir Hunter Bob Barratt sign up some heirs and get back in time for his wedding anniversary?

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At Fraser & Fraser, the team are investigating the case of a Myrtle Bevan

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who died in July 2007 without leaving a will.

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Myrtle didn't own her own property, but the Heir Hunters believe her estate is worth a fair sum of money

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because a neighbour revealed that Myrtle's sister Joyce had left her an estate of £135,000.

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But the team are struggling to piece together Myrtle's family tree,

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which they need to do to find any heirs.

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-Her age is five years out.

-Not unknown for ladies to do such things.

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Bob Barratt has gone to Portsmouth Register Office to find clues about Myrtle Bevan's living relatives.

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-Hi, Frances. I've got three deaths and one marriage here.

-Go on then.

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-Beatrice Minnie Ranson.

-Yeah.

-22nd of September, 1973.

-Yeah.

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And she was born on the 25th of July, 1892.

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-Where?

-In Eastbourne.

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-Yeah! OK.

-Got that one right, did we?

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-No, she lied about her age.

-She knocked five years off.

-She did.

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-At least we know that birth is correct.

-Good.

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-Do you want any details from the marriage certificate?

-Go on then.

-He's 28, she's 27.

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-She's lied all the way along.

-Yeah.

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They've worked out her age at death from her lies that started when she got married.

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-It's a girl thing.

-SOME girls!

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The team now know the identity of Myrtle's mother Beatrice Minnie,

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even though her desire to make herself younger almost threw them off the scent.

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Bob also clarifies which is the right Harry Ranson.

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-Harry Ranson, born 6th of December, 1891, in Guildford.

-Guildford, yeah!

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The ceremonial crumpling up of the wrong tree!

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On top of the marriage and death certificates for Myrtle's parents,

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Bob also has the death certificate of Myrtle's sister Joyce

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and this gives the team an even more interesting clue.

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Death of Joyce Lowden, she lived at 127... Sorry, this is the informant, Peter Marsh.

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Peter Marsh is not a member of the family, but because he informed the authorities about Joyce's death,

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he was the last person she ever saw.

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Could you go and knock on Mr Marsh's door?

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What I want to know is who he is.

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-Okey-doke. Speak to you later.

-Bye for now.

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Could Peter Marsh be the only person left who knew Myrtle's family well?

0:24:160:24:21

Could he give the team crucial clues to lead them to the heirs before the competition?

0:24:210:24:28

Bob makes his way to the address given for Peter Marsh on Myrtle's sister's death certificate.

0:24:290:24:36

It's looking particularly empty.

0:24:390:24:41

Fish and chip shop, which is convenient.

0:24:440:24:48

No-one in there.

0:24:490:24:52

Now I feel particularly daft cos I've come to totally the wrong place.

0:24:540:24:59

I thought you was gonna find my relatives!

0:24:590:25:03

But in his rush to get there and be in time for his big night out, Bob hasn't taken in the right address.

0:25:030:25:11

We might try and find the right road now!

0:25:110:25:14

Will he be lucky second time round and will Peter Marsh be able to give any leads to help crack the case?

0:25:140:25:21

Bob finally finds the house, but where is Peter Marsh?

0:25:270:25:32

I'm in the right road anyway, but no-one seems to be in.

0:25:330:25:37

He tries every neighbour, hoping someone will know how to find him.

0:25:370:25:42

My name's Bob Barratt from a firm called Fraser & Fraser. I'm trying to trace a gent that lived at 127.

0:25:420:25:50

He went to hospital. I haven't seen him come out.

0:25:500:25:54

The family was clearing out all the stuff.

0:25:540:25:57

-Sounds like he's long-term in hospital or he's died.

-Yes.

0:25:570:26:01

-I appreciate that. Thanks ever so much. Be seeing you. Bye-bye.

-Bye.

0:26:010:26:07

Right, well, that explains why the house is like this.

0:26:070:26:11

It isn't what Frances wants to hear.

0:26:110:26:14

-Hi, Bob.

-Hello. I've got bad news, I'm afraid.

0:26:170:26:21

-Mm-hm.

-I finally located this bloke's house.

0:26:210:26:25

And it's not semi-derelict, but it's in a pretty poor state.

0:26:250:26:30

-You might as well head home.

-Cheers, Frances. Bye.

0:26:300:26:34

It's a massive blow for the team.

0:26:340:26:37

Peter Marsh can't help them speed ahead with their investigation.

0:26:370:26:42

That's a bit of a pity. It's a bit of a mystery that we might never know the answer to now.

0:26:420:26:48

A bit frustrating, but never mind.

0:26:480:26:51

Now I'm gonna head back towards home and see what crops up.

0:26:510:26:56

Without somebody to speak to who hopefully knew the deceased and the family,

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we are back to the drawing board and researching into the family the hard way,

0:27:040:27:10

searching through birth, marriage and death records without any clues we hoped Peter Marsh could provide.

0:27:100:27:18

The team must crack this case the long way and maybe wasted valuable time trying to find Peter Marsh.

0:27:180:27:25

Gareth sets to work. He looks up Myrtle's parents on a national population survey taken in 1891

0:27:250:27:32

and finds Myrtle's mother's siblings.

0:27:320:27:36

-She's got two sisters and a brother.

-And Myrtle's father's siblings.

0:27:360:27:41

We've got Harry Ranson and he's got three brothers - Percy, John and... looks like Gilbert.

0:27:410:27:47

The next step is to find out what's happened to his siblings.

0:27:470:27:52

The maternal side has died out with no family members still alive

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who could be entitled to any of Myrtle's estate.

0:27:560:28:00

But on the paternal side, he has more luck.

0:28:000:28:03

It's extending. We're finding marriages for the uncles of the deceased on the Ranson side.

0:28:030:28:11

So...hopefully they'll have children

0:28:110:28:16

and we'll work the tree up that way.

0:28:160:28:19

Gareth knows from the census that Harold Ranson's parents were William and Mary.

0:28:190:28:25

They had four children - Harold, Percy, John and Gilbert.

0:28:250:28:29

He now works out that Gilbert Ranson married a Catherine Pace in 1916

0:28:290:28:34

and they had two children, Leslie and Audrey.

0:28:340:28:38

Audrey is no longer alive, but she had a son, Andrew Bruce, who is.

0:28:380:28:43

Andrew is Myrtle Bevan's cousin once removed and an heir.

0:28:430:28:48

At the moment, we've got a cousin of the deceased who hopefully we'll contact soon.

0:28:480:28:54

A cousin once removed, Andrew Bruce.

0:28:540:28:56

We need to get a traveller to him. He's not on the phone, so the earlier we contact him, the better.

0:28:560:29:03

-Frances gets on the phone to Bob Barratt.

-Hi, Bob.

-Hiya.

0:29:030:29:08

We do have a branch up to date on Gilbert.

0:29:080:29:12

-Right.

-He lives still in the Guildford area.

-Right.

0:29:120:29:17

-Unfortunately, I have no phone number. Ex-directory.

-OK, I'll head towards then.

-Bye.

0:29:170:29:24

With Bob sent on yet another mission, his anniversary celebrations can't start yet.

0:29:240:29:30

After a slow start, we're finally getting somewhere with the research,

0:29:390:29:45

but it is a hard slog.

0:29:450:29:48

Now Gareth has got further with another of Myrtle Bevan's relatives - Gilbert's son Leslie.

0:29:480:29:54

-Are you gonna ask what I think is right?

-Yes.

0:29:540:29:58

Leslie was in Surrey in Addlestone, date of birth 23rd of March, 1918,

0:29:580:30:03

living with Gwendoline F.

0:30:030:30:06

-So Gwendoline F Ranson was Leslie's wife.

-Yeah.

0:30:060:30:10

Well, fortunately from Bob's point of view, I'm not gonna send him to Dorset tonight.

0:30:100:30:16

-He can see Andrew.

-Andrew Bruce.

0:30:160:30:19

-He's only 90.

-A mere babe!

-He's the youngster in the family at the moment.

0:30:190:30:25

Aged 90, Leslie is a first cousin of Myrtle Bevan.

0:30:250:30:29

Frances rings him up to tell him he's in line to inherit. Leslie's wife Gwendoline answers the phone.

0:30:290:30:36

I actually was hoping to speak with your husband Leslie.

0:30:360:30:40

But the response is unexpected.

0:30:400:30:43

It certainly is in reference to his first cousin dying, yes.

0:30:430:30:48

Have you? Well, fortunately, we are also looking at the same matter.

0:30:480:30:55

Another heir-hunting company has phoned Gwendoline and Leslie.

0:30:550:30:59

Unfortunately, somebody else has spoken to him before us,

0:30:590:31:04

so we hope that Bob, who is on his way to see Andrew, gets there first.

0:31:040:31:08

Now there is an extra reason for Bob to get to the second heir Andrew Bruce fast.

0:31:100:31:17

DOG BARKING Hello there.

0:31:170:31:20

-Is it Mr Bruce?

-Yeah.

-I'm Bob Barratt from a firm called Fraser & Fraser.

0:31:200:31:25

Bob Barratt's got past the dog, but has he got to Andrew Bruce before another heir-hunting company?

0:31:250:31:33

I got a phone call during the day to tell me this is what had happened

0:31:330:31:38

and they said they would send me a form.

0:31:380:31:42

-I say nothing bad about any other company, but we're...

-The best.

-Yeah.

0:31:420:31:47

It's bad luck for Bob. Andrew has already had a phone call from Frasers' rivals.

0:31:470:31:53

But they haven't paid a visit or given Andrew information on Myrtle.

0:31:530:31:58

The person who has died is a cousin on your mother's side.

0:31:580:32:02

-A cousin of my mother?

-A fairly distant relation.

0:32:020:32:06

-And as soon as we find an heir, we put a claim in on...

-Excuse me.

0:32:060:32:11

Yeah, sure, before she takes all the paint off!

0:32:110:32:16

My wife would be proud of me. It's my wedding anniversary today and I haven't had to look at the date.

0:32:160:32:23

-It's imprinted on your memory.

-More than my life's worth to forget it!

0:32:230:32:28

-Andrew...?

-James.

0:32:280:32:30

Unless there's anything else you'd like to ask me, I'll just ask you to consider us and I'll say goodbye.

0:32:300:32:37

-Nice to meet you.

-Thank you very much.

-OK.

0:32:370:32:42

His mission complete, Bob takes his leave.

0:32:440:32:48

Very pleasant man. I hope he uses us.

0:32:480:32:51

He's been contacted by one of our competitors before us,

0:32:510:32:56

but I'm sure if he uses us, he won't be disappointed. Time to go home!

0:32:560:33:01

Home for my anniversary.

0:33:010:33:04

In central London, another Thursday is done and dusted.

0:33:120:33:16

But a week later, the heirs to Myrtle Bevan's estate decided

0:33:180:33:23

to sign up with another heir-hunting company,

0:33:230:33:27

so all Fraser & Fraser's hard work on this case has been for nothing.

0:33:270:33:32

12 years ago, Heir Hunter Mary Teviot tracked down Sarah Burgess

0:33:330:33:39

who was an heir to the estate of Joseph Flynn.

0:33:390:33:43

Joseph Flynn was Sarah's uncle, although she never knew him.

0:33:430:33:48

In fact, Sarah knew almost nothing about her ancestors as she'd been orphaned at just five years old

0:33:480:33:55

when her mother and sister were killed by a bomb.

0:33:550:33:59

I have no idea whether there's a grave of my mum and sister.

0:33:590:34:03

12 years after Mary tracked her down and spurred on by her daughters Janice and Jo,

0:34:030:34:10

Sarah has built up the courage to do her own bit of family finding.

0:34:100:34:15

She's asked Mary Teviot for help

0:34:150:34:18

and Mary has given her a list of people with the surname Doyle living in Waterford, Ireland.

0:34:180:34:24

Sarah hopes that at least one might be a relative.

0:34:240:34:28

It'll take time to get in, won't it?

0:34:280:34:31

CONTINUOUS TONE No dialling tone.

0:34:320:34:35

Dead.

0:34:370:34:39

Try the next one.

0:34:390:34:41

-RINGING TONE Is that a Thomas Doyle?

-Yeah.

0:34:410:34:45

STILL RINGING

0:34:480:34:50

Nobody home.

0:34:520:34:54

Third time lucky?

0:34:540:34:57

Five...one...two.

0:34:570:35:01

RINGING TONE

0:35:010:35:04

-'Hello?'

-Hello. Is that Betty Doyle?

-'It is.'

0:35:060:35:11

I'm calling from England. I'm just wondering if you might be a relation to me?

0:35:110:35:17

Did you have a legacy of, eh... an Uncle Joseph?

0:35:170:35:24

'Joseph Doyle?'

0:35:240:35:26

-No, Joseph Flynn.

-'I did.'

0:35:260:35:29

Well, I'm his brother's daughter.

0:35:300:35:34

-'You're Sarah?'

-Yeah, the youngest of Richard and Sarah's children.

0:35:340:35:39

It's great news for Sarah. She's got through to a Betty Doyle.

0:35:390:35:44

They're related because Joseph's brother Edward had a son called Tom who is the father of Betty,

0:35:440:35:51

making Betty the first cousin once removed of Sarah.

0:35:510:35:55

-It's wonderful to know that somebody is there.

-'We are so long-tailed a family, it's unbelievable!'

0:35:550:36:02

-Oh...

-'It is absolutely enormous.'

0:36:020:36:05

Well, do you know, we want to come over. Is there any chance of that, say, in about two or three weeks?

0:36:050:36:11

-'Yes.'

-Myself and my two daughters.

0:36:110:36:14

Oh, I'm gonna get upset now. It's so brilliant to get...

0:36:140:36:19

-So will I leave it with you?

-'OK, Sarah.'

-Oh, it's lovely. All right.

0:36:190:36:24

-'OK, bye-bye.'

-Bye, chuck.

-'Bye-bye, lovey.'

0:36:240:36:28

I'm getting upset now.

0:36:280:36:31

I honestly didn't know whether they'd be pleased or not.

0:36:310:36:36

Well, she sounds like she's gabby like you!

0:36:360:36:39

THEY LAUGH

0:36:390:36:42

Full up.

0:36:420:36:44

That's the first family...

0:36:440:36:46

Oh, don't ask me! First family that I've ever been in touch with.

0:36:470:36:52

As we know, there's loads of them, isn't there?

0:36:520:36:56

Yes, brilliant. I don't know where to start actually.

0:36:560:37:01

-To think all these years we never bothered.

-I know.

0:37:010:37:04

If it hadn't been for Uncle Joseph, none of us would have known. I just can't wait to go.

0:37:040:37:11

Getting in touch with relatives has triggered a desire in Sarah to find her mother and sister's graves.

0:37:130:37:20

Beautiful place.

0:37:200:37:22

Her daughter Janice has done some research and they are visiting a cemetery in Birkenhead

0:37:220:37:28

where Janice thinks they are buried.

0:37:280:37:31

Mum, did you know that your dad's buried with them as well? We didn't know, did we?

0:37:310:37:37

No, I never knew.

0:37:370:37:39

-Can't be that much further away, can it?

-No.

0:37:400:37:44

-We're gonna get right muddy, aren't we?

-We should've brought our wellies.

-Yeah, I thought about that myself.

0:37:440:37:52

-This is it, Mum.

-This?

0:37:520:37:54

Yeah, unfortunately. Maybe the headstone's underneath, I don't know.

0:37:540:38:00

STARTS SOBBING I didn't want to get upset!

0:38:070:38:11

-Just look at it.

-Yeah.

-Couldn't even...

0:38:130:38:17

I don't know that I wanted to see it after all.

0:38:200:38:24

It's too much...

0:38:240:38:26

It doesn't seem much, does it?

0:38:300:38:32

-Oh, I don't know.

-At least we know where they are, Mum.

0:38:320:38:36

-We didn't even think they were together.

-Yeah. Yeah.

0:38:360:38:41

Well, it's so sad.

0:38:410:38:43

All these years.

0:38:430:38:45

No headstone, no nothing.

0:38:450:38:48

But I'm glad. I'm glad I've seen it at last. Well, before my turn, but...

0:38:520:38:58

Just grass.

0:38:580:39:01

Enough. Enough.

0:39:040:39:07

Can't do anything.

0:39:070:39:10

Leave it there.

0:39:110:39:14

Now Sarah knows where her mother and sister are buried, she can draw a line under her past.

0:39:150:39:22

It's time for her next mission - finding living relatives she's never met before,

0:39:350:39:41

uncles, aunts and cousins related to the parents she hardly even knew.

0:39:410:39:47

Sarah and her daughters are off to Waterford

0:39:470:39:51

where, according to cousin Betty, there are dozens of family members.

0:39:510:39:56

Sarah's Irish relatives are waiting for her in a restaurant.

0:39:580:40:03

Do you know what? I've got a fit of the giggles!

0:40:050:40:09

GIGGLING

0:40:090:40:11

Oh, dear!

0:40:110:40:13

Sarah enters and for the first time in her life meets relatives

0:40:130:40:18

from her parents' generation and blood relations she never knew she had.

0:40:180:40:24

Pleased to meet you at long last.

0:40:240:40:26

-Great.

-Lovely to see you. And you have a resemblance to us as well.

0:40:260:40:31

You do, a great resemblance. Lovely to see you, Sarah. Lovely to see you.

0:40:310:40:37

-Pleased to meet you. A first cousin once removed.

-Lovely to see you.

0:40:370:40:43

-Pleased to meet you.

-I can't believe it.

-I'm Eddie and this is my father.

-Pleased to meet you.

0:40:430:40:49

With the help of Mary Teviot, Sarah is now part of a huge family in Ireland.

0:40:490:40:55

-I bet you never dreamed...

-It is a dream.

-A dream come true.

0:40:550:41:00

-A second cousin.

-You're Thomas?

-Yeah. Lovely to meet you.

0:41:000:41:06

And Sarah's daughter finds out she's not the only one with the ginger gene.

0:41:060:41:12

And I'm a second cousin Mary. And I had two redheads.

0:41:120:41:17

You have so many cousins, you won't even want to know them!

0:41:170:41:21

We've been through everything -

0:41:210:41:24

scared, apprehensive, are you gonna like us?

0:41:240:41:28

We rang three numbers here first

0:41:280:41:30

and we didn't get anybody, then we got you.

0:41:300:41:34

-And Betty was in!

-Lucky you!

0:41:340:41:36

-It's thanks to Betty we're here.

-How could we refuse such a request?

0:41:360:41:42

We couldn't. We couldn't.

0:41:420:41:45

I'm delighted to have been able to do it for you.

0:41:450:41:49

Because I thought I had nobody.

0:41:490:41:51

No, well, there you go.

0:41:510:41:54

It means the world to Mum,

0:41:580:42:00

finally to meet the family she knew in the back of her mind she had,

0:42:000:42:04

but never in a million years thought she would ever get to meet them.

0:42:040:42:10

It's all been worthwhile. Absolutely.

0:42:100:42:13

I can't...

0:42:130:42:16

There's only one word I can use. I'm overwhelmed. Overwhelmed.

0:42:170:42:22

And it's all thanks to Uncle Joe that we're all doing this and meeting up again.

0:42:220:42:28

It's opened up another life for my mum now.

0:42:280:42:32

I can't...

0:42:320:42:34

I'll get too upset. I'm just...

0:42:340:42:37

-Very pleased that you exist.

-It's the first blood family.

0:42:370:42:41

-All right, Mum.

-APPLAUSE

0:42:420:42:45

-Cheers.

-Cheers.

0:42:500:42:53

It's a lovely occasion.

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