Genealogical & Historical Documents

Genealogical documents relate to a person's ancestry (family tree).  FDS is often called upon to examine genealogical documents and historical documents with a view to determining their bona fides in the context of people researching family trees as well as others pursuing more academic interests.

Such historical documents have included those purporting to originate from the Ming Dynasty, letter from Jack the Ripper, notes and sketches by Modigliani, artwork (and prints of artwork) by Nelson Mandela, convict registries, war diaries, notations in books owned by Ned Kelly, manuscripts by JS Bach, and documents associated with the family of the last Tsar of Russia.

Detailed examinations of these documents often requires expertise from a number of different areas.

Related case studies: 

Documents from WWI & WWII

FDS is often requested to examine historical documents in the context of people researching family histories and family trees, as well as others pursuing more academic genealogical interests.