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Offline Tab J Thomas

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Trying to find information and parents of my deceased Maternal Grandmother
« on: Wednesday 07 February 18 00:06 GMT (UK) »
My mother was born to a woman called Diane Hutching in 1961. The adoption certificates give conflicting information, but what's certain is that she was adopted out almost at once.
Based on DNA test results I believe my family background may be significantly different to what I have been told, so I am attempting to trace Hutching back, and hopefully find the names of her parents and where they were born. I've attempted to use family search and Ancestry with little success.
Here are the facts that I know:

1. Her name was Diane Gail Hutching. She was 18 in 1961, so that gives a birthdate of around 1942-3.
2. She gave birth to a child at a maternal home called Fairview or Fairleigh in New Zealand in 1961. On further research, Fairleigh was a Hospital specifically catering for Unwed Mothers. However, it was a private facility, so her parents likely paid for her to stay there. In these circumstances, and the oddity with the birth certificates, I am not entirely sure whether she consented
3. At some point, she married and gave birth to Two daughters.
That's all I know.

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Re: Trying to find information and parents of my deceased Maternal Grandmother
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 07 February 18 00:18 GMT (UK) »
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How do you know she is deceased?
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Re: Trying to find information and parents of my deceased Maternal Grandmother
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 07 February 18 00:20 GMT (UK) »
My Mother told me a few years ago. I believe her husband called my Mother to inform her.

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Re: Trying to find information and parents of my deceased Maternal Grandmother
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 07 February 18 01:17 GMT (UK) »
I think the establishment was named Fairleigh and run by the Salvation Army.

[PDF]Love Child - The Salvation Army
www.salvationarmy.org.nz/sites/default/files/.../love_child_ione_cussen_final.pdf

   
by CN Zealand - ‎2016 - ‎Related articles
Fairleigh Maternity Hospital. Fairleigh Hospital was the second major outfit of the Motherhood of Man. Movement. By establishing their own private hospital, the organisation expanded their ability to care for unwed mothers, whilst also offering maternity services for married women at a cost, during a time when there was a ...

For some reason the above link comes up with "forbidden"  ???. However if you Google-

fairleigh maternity home +salvation army

you should get to the website.


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Re: Trying to find information and parents of my deceased Maternal Grandmother
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 07 February 18 01:36 GMT (UK) »
Have you checked for a birth or marriage for her?  Itís unlikely you would find her on FS or Ancestry given her birth year so would need to look at other NZ resources
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Re: Trying to find information and parents of my deceased Maternal Grandmother
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 07 February 18 01:39 GMT (UK) »
Thank you for the link! I have read that one, and I find it interesting.
CaroleW, I have, but I haven't found much. In my experience, New Zealand records tend to be spotty or incomplete. I tried to find a possible father by searching for potential marriages a few years before she was born, and also I checked graves in the area trying to find a reference on a tombstone, but I was unsuccessful. I tried to follow a lead of a man with a foreign first name who was married at about the right time, but on his grave and family list there was no mention of a Diane.

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Re: Trying to find information and parents of my deceased Maternal Grandmother
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 07 February 18 01:48 GMT (UK) »
Diane must have been in touch with your mother or at least knew her whereabouts for her husband to contact her - particularly by phone. 

The info that she went on to have 2 daughters suggests your mother had knowledge of her. 

Is your mother still alive? 
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Re: Trying to find information and parents of my deceased Maternal Grandmother
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 07 February 18 01:52 GMT (UK) »
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Re: Trying to find information and parents of my deceased Maternal Grandmother
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 07 February 18 02:45 GMT (UK) »
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Her name was Diane Gail Hutching
[...]
At some point, she married

Hello...

I've PM'd you the year and registration number of her likely marriage.

If you want, you can phone BDM NZ and order her marriage certificate (although it is a bit of a rigmarole as the marriage is less than 80 years ago).

0800 22 52 52 or from overseas +64 (4) 463 9362

Ask for a printout, not a certificate. It costs NZ$25

The printout should have her birth details (as she believes them) as per this link...

https://www.bdmonline.dia.govt.nz/NonHistoricRecords/DataCollection#marriagecertpost1956

Regards
Beg