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Looking for a lost inheritance in London, England

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Re: Looking for a lost inheritance in London, England

Posted: 15 Jun 2011 4:28PM GMT
Classification: Query
I think you have a certain amount of fantasy running around here. Firstly, Neville Chamberlain was Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1931 (Ramsay McDonald's "National Government) to 1937. He was not Prime Minister during WW2 - he was Prime Minister from 1937 and it was his policy of appeasement with Hitler which many claim precipitated the outbreak of war. He resigned in May 1940 when Churchill took over and died in Oct-Nov of the same year. One thing is absolutely certain, whatever else might be true I can assure you no Chancellor of the Exchequer would be making trips to the US just to find heirs to an estate, it would be nothing to do with him. Even if there had been a fire which destroyed documents, copies of such things are always available from the original office. There is only one death for an Anne Ransford registered between 1915-1925 and she died in the March quarter 1918 and had been born in 1844 -so could hardly be a godmother to someone born in 1835, and if Suzanne was baptised in Louisiana how was somebody in London the godmother? There would have been no necessity for anyone to go to London to claim, as long as they had identification it could all have been done by post. If a proper Will had been drawn up it would have had executors appointed whose job it would be to find the legatees. It is true that if there is no Will the money reverts to the State, but only after thirty years if no one has come forward to claim it. I am not sure, but I think if there is a valid Will no one but the named heirs can claim anything. Anyway, once a person is dead all Wills, except for the Queen and her immediate family, are public property and filed for ever. If you google Wills and Probate UK you will find endless links to various records and archives and should be able to get any details. Steer clear of any links which do not have ".gov.uk" in the URL, these are official sites and are mostly free but all sorts of people offer services for which they ask for payment. You can check BMDs on the Free BMD site which is important beause you must have the name right - was the name really Ransford or Rainsford, was this her maiden name, or did she marry? As said, my gut feeling is that this story holds a lot of fantasy - but I could be wrong and it is easy enough to trace a Will - if there ever was one. Hope this helps a bit.
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