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Hit family history series Who Do You Think You Are? made a triumphant return to TV screens last week, seeing off popular entrepreneurial programme Dragons’ Den to claim the most viewers in the primetime 9pm slot.
Over 6.4 million tuned in to watch TV presenter Davina McCall find out the truth behind a family rumour that her great, great, great great-grandfather, James Bedborough, was the illegitimate son of George IV. Davina could not substantiate the claim, but what she discovered was no less interesting.
There was a royal connection; James Bedborough was the King’s stonemason and responsible for a £1million overhaul of Windsor Castle. Davina was able to flesh out the details of his work life through the occupational records at The National Archives in Kew. You can do the same on findmypast.com using the various occupational records found in our More records section.
From the outside at least, James Bedborough appeared a respectable and successful individual. His obituary in the local press indicated he was popular and respected as Mayor of Windsor, but his will told another story. It seems he left a mountain of debt, which placed a burden on the family that survived him. This discovery highlights the importance of checking all available sources to gain a fuller picture of an ancestor’s life.
Findmypast.com holds an index to death duty registers for the years 1796-1903. You can search these records for details of an ancestor’s will.
If you missed the first episode of Who Do You Think you Are?, you can view it on BBC iPlayer.
This week on Who Do You Think You Are?
In the second episode of the series, which will be screened this Wednesday at 9pm on BBC One, outspoken Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles examines his Irish Roots.
Watch old episodes on Blighty
Blighty, the UKTV channel available on Sky Digital (channel 534), Tiscali TV and Virgin Media (channel 206), regularly shows reruns of old episodes of Who Do You Think You Are?. If you’re based in the UK and haven’t seen all the old episodes, it’s a great way to catch up on what you’ve missed.