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Offline George.

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Adoption from a different angle
« on: Monday 26 June 17 07:24 BST (UK) »
It seems to be the case that all searches in adoption centre on finding the birth parents, but my search is to find the adoptive parents.

I have a copy of my mother's birth certificate from 1920, She was illegitimate. The certificate shows birth mother and on the right hand side of the certificate it states: "Adopted" with the registrar's name.

Is there a way of finding the adoptive parents' names? I believe that she may have been adopted by a relative.

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Re: Adoption from a different angle
« Reply #1 on: Monday 26 June 17 07:37 BST (UK) »
Am I missing something here,but won't her adoptive parents be the people who brought her up and probably gave her a new name(ie changed it from her birth name?)
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Re: Adoption from a different angle
« Reply #2 on: Monday 26 June 17 07:51 BST (UK) »
Quite rightly, it shouldn't be possible to trace an adoptee! :-\
Whether an adopted person wants contact is surely down to them.

You can add your details to the Adoption Contact Register?
https://www.gov.uk/adoption-records/the-adoption-contact-register

Or you can go through an intermediary agency.

But, if the adopted person doesn't want contact, that is their prerogative.
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Re: Adoption from a different angle
« Reply #3 on: Monday 26 June 17 07:58 BST (UK) »
Possibly my post was not as clear as it could have been.

My mother's birth certificate states that she was adopted. In later years, and as long as I can remember, her birth mother was always around and was called grandmother by my brother and me. There was not an adoptive 'grandmother'.

From family information it would seem that my mother was adopted by a relative, with the same surname, and that would account for there not being a change of name, if it is correct.

That is why I am looking for the adoptive parents' names.


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Re: Adoption from a different angle
« Reply #4 on: Monday 26 June 17 08:00 BST (UK) »
I should have said that my mother and the adoptive parents are all long dead.

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Re: Adoption from a different angle
« Reply #5 on: Monday 26 June 17 08:01 BST (UK) »
Have you tried finding her on the 1939 register http://www.findmypast.co.uk/1939register ?
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Re: Adoption from a different angle
« Reply #6 on: Monday 26 June 17 08:07 BST (UK) »
Hi there,

Is it possible that those you refer to as your grandparents were not your mum's birth parents but were the couple who adopted her?

I am sure that they would have considered you as their grandchild.

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Re: Adoption from a different angle
« Reply #7 on: Monday 26 June 17 08:19 BST (UK) »
When she was adopted an entry would be made in the Adopted Children's Register at the same time as the original entry being marked as adopted. This is the same format as a birth register entry but will show the adoptive parents rather than the birth parents.

You can apply for a certificate from that - one would normally have been issued at the time to be used by your mother as a replacement birth certificate.

Presumably her name wasn't changed on adoption, or she knows the name she was brought up in.

You can order an adoption certificate on-line through the GRO website just like any other.

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Re: Adoption from a different angle
« Reply #8 on: Monday 26 June 17 08:35 BST (UK) »
Trying to get my head round this. Are you saying that as an adult your mother was reunited with her birth mother and presumably had no further contact with the people who brought her up as you didn't know them? Who does she give as her father on her marriage certificate?
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