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Just found out I have a half brother - how do I trace him?
« on: Thursday 27 March 14 23:51 GMT (UK) »
My dad recently died, and I found a marriage certificate showing he had been married before he met my mother. He had a child, who he abandoned when he left his first wife. I would love to know where my brother is now, and if he is ok. I know the date of the marriage, birth, full name, and that it is thought they went to live in Australia. Ay ideas on how I would trace him?

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Re: Just found out I have a half brother - how do I trace him?
« Reply #1 on: Friday 28 March 14 06:09 GMT (UK) »
If he has a uncommon or unusual name you could try all of the Australian's States whitepages,
http://www.numberway.com/phone-numbers/83/

Some of the states electoral rolls are on Ancestry.com that I know of, I appear in Queensland twice that I have noticed in 1977 and 1980.

You could try a full name or surname search to see if he appears on a record at
http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/SearchScreens/BasicSearch.aspx

Mick
Jeffs - Northamptonshire to Leicestershire to Queensland, Australia
Lewis - Wales to Gloucestershire to NSW & Queensland, Australia
Iddols & Baylis - Gloucestershire
Mary Jones, daughter of James Jones and Eliza - born abt 1864 Staffordshire, died 1948 Queensland, Australia
Dorans - Ireland to Scotland to Queensland, Australia
Ralph - Ireland to Scotland to Queensland, Australia
Jillett - Robert, Transported Convict from Surrey
Christison - Edinburgh,Scotland
Cameron - Edinburgh, Scotland

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Re: Just found out I have a half brother - how do I trace him?
« Reply #2 on: Friday 28 March 14 08:31 GMT (UK) »
Hi
Welcome to Rootschat.

Reading your post suggests your half brother may have been born here in the UK and then went to Aus?
If that is so then try looking him up on Free BMD. To complete the search form on their site is quite easy.
You know your Dad's last name, so you know your half brothers probable last name, you also know his first wife's maiden name. A child's mothers last name has been recorded in birth registrations since 1911. Take an educated guess on where the birth may have taken place - even just county for a start.

If you get some results then examine these to try and work out which may be yours. Perhaps your brother was given your dads first or middle name or grand parents etc, look for obvious similarities.
Then you will be able to buy the  or those birth certs from which you will hopefully get the right one.
The certs cost 9.25 each from the UK General Register Office.http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/fees.asp

Then you will know for sure his full name and date of birth and where he was born.

After that it is a bit more difficult but NOT impossible and there is much advice to be found.
Come back for more advice or clarification when you are ready.

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Robinson - Oxfordshire
Stratford - Gloucestershire,
Waters - Northamptonshire,
Moss - Oxfordshire,
Bint - Berkshire,
Collins / Collings - Buckinghamshire,
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Re: Just found out I have a half brother - how do I trace him?
« Reply #3 on: Friday 28 March 14 08:37 GMT (UK) »
Hi there and welcome to Rootschat.

If there is a possiblity that we are talking about living people,do not mention them by name please.
Once you have made 3 postings you will be able to use the Personal Messaging system.

If he was born more than 50 years ago,you might find him(and your dad's first marriage ) on Free BMD.They have only transcribed up to the mid 1960's so far.

If it's more recently than that then PM me and I'll do a look up for you.

Best wishes

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Re: Just found out I have a half brother - how do I trace him?
« Reply #4 on: Friday 28 March 14 08:43 GMT (UK) »
You should also check that he could be in this country.

Try online electoral registers at FindMyPast or 192.com (subscription sites), the telephone directory at www.bt.com, also facebook, Genes Reunited.

If his name is unusual enough try 'googling' to see if anything shows up.

More hints and tips here

http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=261434.0

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Re: Just found out I have a half brother - how do I trace him?
« Reply #5 on: Friday 28 March 14 10:24 GMT (UK) »
Thanks everyone. I do know his full name, birthday, where he was born, his mothers name, date of marriage. I am now stuck as to where I go from here. I was told he had moved to Aus, but googling his name, I have found someone with the same name and initial in this country. How do I go about checking if it could be him?

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Re: Just found out I have a half brother - how do I trace him?
« Reply #6 on: Friday 28 March 14 10:45 GMT (UK) »
Hi

To be honest, you need to do a lot of soul searching before you make contact, even though the thought that someone is out there is really exciting. He may not know of your existence and even if he becomes aware, may not want any contact.

We had a topic on here a few months back which might give you an insight/inspiration/guidance, it's quite long so maybe settle down with a cuppa before you start reading

http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=654522.0

Hope this helps

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Re: Just found out I have a half brother - how do I trace him?
« Reply #7 on: Friday 28 March 14 10:59 GMT (UK) »
Thanks Dawn - I can relate to all of those comments. It has been a huge shock and I don't want to be upset any further. I think at this stage I'd just like to know more about him, and take it from there! Scary stuff x

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Re: Just found out I have a half brother - how do I trace him?
« Reply #8 on: Friday 28 March 14 11:11 GMT (UK) »
Take things one step at a time, use the online resources (birth, marriage electoral registers) to see if this is really your half sibling.

Good luck
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Longhurst-Ealing & Capel, Abinger, Ewhurst & Ockley,
Chandler-Chelsea