Letter: The root of the matter

THE ARTICLE on the family tree of John Major and Baroness Thatcher ('How they are related' 15 May) was interesting, but I feel Paul Penn-Simkins has gained a lot of publicity at the expense of the gentleman who submitted the original article to Family Tree magazine.

The original amateur genealogist who submitted that article had done a heck of a lot of the research that you credit to Mr Penn-Simkins and Lynda Rippin of the Lincolnshire Record Office. Us amateurs are very experienced but often have to wait until the annual holidays to visit far-flung record offices.

I feel that at the end of your article you should have acknowledged the work of the person who submitted the work to Family Tree magazine.

Sandra van Eeden

Hayling Island, Hants

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