I'm looking for any descendants of a particular gent who resided in Brighton, Sussex, England in 1950.

I have the gent's first two initials and surname, and residential (street) address.

Can anyone recommend resources I could use to track down any of his descendants?

I'm unsure as to how to start, although I'm currently interested to find a 1950s street directory for Brighton to see if I can get some more information about who resided there at that time, and if I can obtain more details such as this particular gent's full name.

I'm also wondering if I can find information about who owned the property this particular gent resided at to see if this brings anything up.

Many thanks in advance.

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Ancestry.co.uk has UK phone books up to 1984 which can be searched by last name and include Brighton -- unfortunately they don't seem to be searchable by address.

  • Thank you, good to know! I'll definitely take a look if no other options pop up, because they appear to have a paid subscription model.
    – Bruce
    Commented Oct 7, 2014 at 4:46
  • @Sharky They do a one month trial subscription -- you have to give payment details and remember to cancel at the end of the month...
    – user104
    Commented Oct 7, 2014 at 6:15

This may fall into the "teach granny to suck eggs" category, but here goes. It has worked for me more than once.

If the gentleman has descendants, than in all probability (although not definitively) he was married. Search for any marriages of that gent (surname plus two initials), principally, but not necessarily, in the Brighton area. If successful, and if you can pin down an individual spouse reliably, then search for births of children with the appropriate parental surnames. Again, if successful, timings suggest that these children may themselves have married, so repeat the process. It won't work all the time - it might not work at all, but it might throw up further clues.

  • Certainly, this is helpful too, as I hadn't considered marriage records. It looks like ancestry.co.uk may also have such records. Cheers!
    – Bruce
    Commented Oct 7, 2014 at 4:47

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