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From: "Colleen" <>
Subject: Re: Essex Adoptions 1870's
Date: Mon, 12 May 2003 11:48:03 +0100
I don't know if the following will apply to an early adoption, but mention
it in case it does. A cousin of mine who spent some time searching for a
brother, born and adopted in the 1930s, told me that there are adoption
indexes at the GRO where a very labourious search can be conducted for an
adopted relative who's name was changed on adoption. Apparently, the number
on the person's birth certificate can be matched to the number on the
adoption indexes, though it is a very time consuming search. I can't
remember whether the number concerned is found on the short or long version
of the certificate and whether or not this only applies to the original
certificate, if anyone would be interested in this I will ask my cousin.
----- Original Message -----
From: "George Jamieson" <>
> A relative has told me she remembers hearing that my great grandmother was
placed in an orphange as a child. This may explain why I can't find any
record of her birth under her maiden name - perhaps she was adopted, and her
maiden name was actually her adoptive family's name, not her birth name.
> Her maiden name was MARY TOWNSEND and according to the 1901 Census she was
born in Witham Essex.
> I have absolutely no idea where to go with this - can SKS advise on where
I could even start to look??
> Sydney Australia
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