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Adoption Guidance
« 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?

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Re: Adoption Guidance
« Reply #1 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?

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« Reply #2 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.


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Re: Adoption Guidance
« Reply #3 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?
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Re: Adoption Guidance
« Reply #4 on: Friday 05 November 21 13:33 GMT (UK) »
Thank you.  I've just has a look and searched but nothing was found.

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Re: Adoption Guidance
« Reply #5 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

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Re: Adoption Guidance
« Reply #6 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.

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Re: Adoption Guidance
« Reply #7 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?

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Re: Adoption Guidance
« Reply #8 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?