The Times traced Britney Spears ancestry back to Tottenham in North London, where the 26-year-old singer’s great grandparents, George Anthony Portell and Lillian Esther Lewis, appear to have been living in sin before they were married – which would have been scandalous back in the 1920s. “Her great grandparents have certainly listed the same address in the records for their marriage,” Laurence Ward, head of digital resources at the archives at the London Metropolitan Archives explained. “But as her great grandfather is recorded as being an able seaman, he may have been away with the Navy a lot. They could have recorded the same address as convenience. If they did live together before marriage, it would have been quite controversial for that time.”
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