Fascinating new case – technology means this mystery CAN be unlocked, answers are possible

Baby Stella left on very top of Beacon Hill, Herne Bay, Kent: May 19th 1934 Those familiar with the Anthea Ring story, baby left at highest point on Steep Down, Sompting, Worthing, Sussex, in August 1937 will note the similarities here. See: www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-43420678 I am metaphorically donning my deerstalker and dusting down my magnifying glass as I am confident I will be solving this mystery in the coming weeks with the help of the database and cousin matching facility at AncestryDNA. Like Anthea, baby Stella was left 50 yards or more from the established ‘footpath’ on the top of a hill. Like Anthea, Stella was completely concealed by undergrowth: cut grass, in this case. In this case Stella (2 months old) was left apparently by her mother, Dorothy Mae Bryant, but my experience tells me that there may be more to this story than meets the eye. Reports at the time stated Dorothy had gone to the Red Lantern Picture House with a gentleman...
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Who left baby Anthea on the hill?

In the last few months I have been looking into this case very carefully. My thoughts are neither biological parent was responsible for Anthea’s abandonment although it’s interesting to note many have been quick to assume they were culpable. Anthea was born on 20th November 1936 and is last officially recorded at the Devon Nook mother and baby home in Chiswick. She was baptised on 18th December and the manager of Devon Nook is recorded as her Godmother. Devon Nook was unusually progressive for an unmarried mothers home in the 1930s, single mothers were encouraged to take responsibility for their children, recreational facilities were on site and mothers even allowed back for drop-in sessions and respite. Publicly admitting to a child out of wedlock would have been a bold move at the time for a young Catholic woman and there does seem to be some evidence Anthea’s mother lost contact with her family at home in County Mayo around this time. The immediate...
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My DNA detective work solves family mystery

More good news for one my clients, whose case is featured here on the BBC News website. Unravelling a web of DNA clues enabled war baby Robin King to track down the brother he never knew about - and identify the parents who gave him up as a newborn. Foundling Robin's search demonstrates how there is almost no unknown parentage mystery that can’t now be solved. My expertise makes it possible to actively sift and work DNA results, so good leads can be followed and ultimately a biological parent identified. Julia x...
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