I have made references in a number of past posts of the fact that I discovered a family connection to Charles Stockley Collins, who was instrumental in ensuring that fingerprint evidence was accepted in British courts.
Although I intend to elaborate on both the discovery and what my research has unearthed in the future, I thought it only right that I post something of this story.
Since the discovery 5 years ago short articles have appeared in a number of publications, such as Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, UNISON’s Police Profile Magazine and Greater Manchester Police’s internal ‘Brief’ publication.
Earlier this year it was featured in ‘Inside Track’, which is an internal publication for the Home Office. It was to compliment a piece that the magazine was running on how the General Records Office (GRO) helped people in researching their family history.
I have gained permission to reproduce my story here and I have posted a pdf version of it below. N.B. the file is over 3MB, so may take a little time to open, depending on your connection.