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Europe / Letters from a German PoW - Records to match!
« on: Sunday 30 May 21 13:50 BST (UK)  »
Hello,

Total newbie when it comes to German records here!

I've recently obtained some letters from a German PoW who was interned in Britain in 1947. The man was writing to a lady in Strassberg (the envelope says Wurttemberg-Hohenzollern).

From the letters, it seems the man was born in September 1920. I wondered if I could find out more about his family and whether he married after his interment.

Are there any Birth or Marriage records available from that area from the mid-20th Century to be able to conduct a search?

Thanks in advance,
Matt

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Lancashire / Re: **GADD FAMILY**
« on: Sunday 10 May 20 10:26 BST (UK)  »
Hi Matt, my name is Jordan Gadd and I think we're distant relatives! I know this original post is quite old but I just felt obliged to reply anyway so here goes. My dad's name is Michael Gadd and my grandad was Francis Gadd. Francis Gadd was born in 1928, his dad was Frank Gadd (my great granddad) who was born in 1905. Frank Gadd was Robert Gadd's brother, I believe Frank was the youngest sibling. Robert Gadd's full DOB was 14/12/1894, he married Emily Cutler in 1922. Emily Cutler was born: 11/08/1901. Our great granddad's were siblings! Perhaps we could help each other learn more about our ancestors? I hope you see this and reply! All the best, Jordan.

Hi Jordan,

Nice to hear from you. Yes, it seems we are third cousins through Robert and Frank Gadd!

I donít really use Rootschat much these days, but I think if you make a couple more posts on the forums you gain the ability to private message and I can pass on my email address.

Speak soon
Matt  :)

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The Common Room / Re: Ordering a Marriage Certificate without GRO reference
« on: Sunday 02 February 20 08:53 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks, both.

Matt

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The Common Room / Re: Ordering a Marriage Certificate without GRO reference
« on: Sunday 02 February 20 08:13 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks for your reply.

The marriage happened in 2006, and the indexes online only stretch to 2005 unfortunately.

Matt

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The Common Room / Ordering a Marriage Certificate without GRO reference
« on: Sunday 02 February 20 08:00 GMT (UK)  »
Hi all,

I am trying and failing to get my head around ordering a marriage certificate from the GRO without the index reference.

As I donít know the date of the marriage yet it is one of the Ďrequired fieldsí when ordering from the GRO, can I simply put (say) Ď01/01/2007í and theyíll search a year either side of that date for me?

Thanks in advance
Matt

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The Common Room / Re: What would you do?
« on: Saturday 01 February 20 14:18 GMT (UK)  »
An update for those interested:

I sent a letter to my aunt in mid-January along with a covering letter to the care organisation that manages the home.

I received an e-mail from the management of the home last week to thank me for my letter and say they were planning on broaching the subject with my aunt and showing her the letter last week. Not heard back since but they did say it could take some time.

One slight twist in the tale is that she was referred to as Mrs Smith* rather than her birth name, Jane Jones*. Although I had seen on Electoral Registers that up to 2005 she had been Jane Jones and since 2006 she was Jane Smith, I assumed that since I didnít find a marriage online, she wasnít married.

I went to London today to search the GRO marriage indexes 2006-2019 and thereís no marriage between a Jane Jones and a Mr Smith, so Iím none the wiser as to how she became Mrs Smith!

Will update when/if I hear more.

Thanks for all your support.
Matt

*not her actual name(s)

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The Common Room / Re: What would you do?
« on: Thursday 02 January 20 21:09 GMT (UK)  »
Hi all,

Just to update you, Iíve written a letter to my aunt and a covering letter for her care provider to give a little context about the family situation (to be honest, I donít know whether they know she has such a big family). The letter to my aunt is much breezier and factual about me, my family, what we did for Christmas etc.

Iíve sent a copy of both letters to a cousin who is supporting me with the process of contacting her, just to check the wording and content of the letter. Iím also sending some photos of my family and our pets to aunt just as a keepsake.

Thanks again for all of your suggestions, it has really spurred me on to do this.

Kind regards
Matt

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The Common Room / Re: What would you do?
« on: Wednesday 18 December 19 22:12 GMT (UK)  »
Thank you, all, for your thoughts on the matter.

I've read them all through and given them much consideration and I do believe the right thing to do is contact my Aunt.

Should I have an update with good news I hope I'll be able to come back and share it with you.

Thanks again.
Matt

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The Common Room / Re: What would you do?
« on: Sunday 15 December 19 16:39 GMT (UK)  »
but why do you wan to involve all the family?
Your father is ambivalent about it all so why don't you ask your aunt if you may visit her and take it from there.

What is your aunt's disability - maybe not severe as she is able to communicate her wishes.
Could it be that she was the daughter of your grandmother and someone else - not your grandfather?

Thank you for your reply.

I mention involving the other siblings because they do not know that she is alive. I feel that since I have actually ascertained she is alive and living nearby, perhaps if they had that information, they would want to make their own decision as to whether they want to make contact too.

The family rumour is that my aunt was born with Downs Syndrome and/or possible other complications from a difficult labour. She lived for many years in an Institution for women and children with disabilities until it was closed in the early 1990s. She is almost certainly the child of my grandfather and grandmother.

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