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Title: Adoption Guidance
Post by: IanMoreton on Friday 05 November 21 10:06 GMT (UK)
Hello. My Mum and I have been researching our family on and off for the last twenty years or so. We have made good progress on my fathers side and on my paternal grandfathers side. My Maternal Grandmother however was adopted and we seem to be unable to research anything about the line on her side. Is there something we're missing? Where should we be looking?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Adoption Guidance
Post by: Milliepede on Friday 05 November 21 11:22 GMT (UK)
Hello and welcome

How long ago was she born please?  Adoptions were informal affairs before 1926 and often a family member took the child on. 

Does she appear on any census or is it more recent history?

Title: Re: Adoption Guidance
Post by: IanMoreton on Friday 05 November 21 11:28 GMT (UK)
She was adopted in 1942. We have a copy of the adoption certificate which gives us details of the family who adopted here but we've been unable to find out anything about her birth family.
She was 17 at the time.
Title: Re: Adoption Guidance
Post by: CaroleW on Friday 05 November 21 11:58 GMT (UK)
Welcome to Rootschat

Have you located your grandmothers birth registration www.freebmd.org.uk  Was she illegitimate or did her mother die & she was adopted?
Title: Re: Adoption Guidance
Post by: IanMoreton on Friday 05 November 21 13:33 GMT (UK)
Thank you.  I've just has a look and searched but nothing was found.
Title: Re: Adoption Guidance
Post by: dawnsh on Friday 05 November 21 13:49 GMT (UK)
If you don't know her name at birth then you will struggle to find an entry in the GRO birth index.

As your mum is a direct descendent of a deceased adopted person (my assumption?), contact the GRO and ask for their help and advice

https://www.gov.uk/adoption-records
Title: Re: Adoption Guidance
Post by: IanMoreton on Friday 05 November 21 14:44 GMT (UK)
Thank you so much.  I think my Mum may have followed this route with the Local Records Office but I'll ask her.
Title: Re: Adoption Guidance
Post by: Hillhurst on Friday 05 November 21 16:56 GMT (UK)
If you know her DoB, have you tried looking for her in the 1939 Register? Given that she was age 17 when adopted (?) I presume her birth year is c1925? So she might be redacted in the 1939 Register.

Given the fact she was a teenager when adopted, did her adoptive parents give her a new name? Or did she retain her first name(s) from birth?
Title: Re: Adoption Guidance
Post by: IanMoreton on Friday 05 November 21 17:31 GMT (UK)
Thank you, I've looked on www.findmypast.co.uk and it doesn't seem to be able to find anything for her.

Any ideas why this might be?
Title: Re: Adoption Guidance
Post by: Hillhurst on Friday 05 November 21 17:39 GMT (UK)
Is she still alive?  If she was born circa 1925, chances are she's redacted on the 1939 Register. So you won't find her (due to the 100 years and one day closure rule).

Are you checking with her DoB and/or her first name(s)? Another reason may be her DoB on the 1939 Register is incorrect. Whether by the actual birth year, or birth date. So when searching, take that into account.
Title: Re: Adoption Guidance
Post by: MonicaL on Friday 05 November 21 17:56 GMT (UK)
What information on her father did your grandmother give on her marriage registration? Was it her adopted father's details?

As Hillhurst has asked, is she deceased?

If so, depending on her death year, there might be a birth date to consider using for searches.

Monica
Title: Re: Adoption Guidance
Post by: Hillhurst on Friday 05 November 21 18:29 GMT (UK)
As she was a teenager when adopted, did your grandmother reside with any relatives or friends prior to her 1942 adoption? Do you know anything of her pre-1942 life, as such? Names, places, relatives, occupations?