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Hi - Im starting on the family tree quest

I have recently retired and I am using my new found free time to learn about our family history for both my side and my wife's family.

I was hoping that this would be fairly straight forward but I quickly came up with some stops and I am not sure where to look to find the information.

I have documented what I know and traced my family back to a Albert Edward McClure, who appears in the various census in Woodbridge Suffolk and finally in the 1871 census as a Drummer in the 1st battalion Grenadier Guards, in the Victoria Barracks, Windsor. His date of birth would be about 1852.

However I can find no record of his birth and the various sites I have tried, and there does not appear to a military record for him. As a result I am unsure who his parents were, where and when he was born.

I would appreciate any pointers.:)

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