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canberra100
17-01-2010, 12:57 PM
Hello ,

Please can someone clarify whether this forum can help me in relation to an adoption!! in 1922 as there seems to be post 1900 threads here. If not where should I post the question?.

Many Thanks
Peter

MarkJ
17-01-2010, 2:12 PM
The problem with later adoptions is that the people concerned may still be alive - and the B-G forum does not permit the posting of such details.

However, if you are certain that the people are deceased, then it will be OK to post. Bear in mind that although the adoptee may have passed away, there may be decendants alive who are unaware of any adoption - which is why we prefer to cut off at 1900. Likewise the person whose child was adopted may have had further children who are still alive and unaware of any adopted siblings. It is an area which needs very careful consideration to avoid causing distress - which is why the various agencies (e.g Salvation Army) spend so much time preparing any contact between those involved in these cases. We don't have the skills or resources for that, which is why we prefer to keep to the 1900 rule.

For later adoptions, sites such as Friends Reunited are more likely to be of use - they do not have this restriction on living persons.

Mark

canberra100
17-01-2010, 4:26 PM
Hello Mark,

Thank you for responding to my post. I fully understand the forums position in relation to adoption. I know it is a very sensitive subject whenever and wherever questions are posed.

The situation, as it stands at the moment, is this. My father was born in a Mother and Childrens Hospital in 1922. The hospital no longer exists and some of its records were lodged with the Royal College of Surgeons archivist. Unfortunately the records relating to my fathers birth were not amongst them. I have no living relatives to ask the circumstances of his adoption so I was hoping there may be a charity(s) that specialised in " informal adoptions" during that period. My question to the forum was to be merely that....... where should I begin to look ie. charities etc, to further my quest.

Kind Regards
Peter

Geoffers
17-01-2010, 9:16 PM
My father was born in a Mother and Childrens Hospital in 1922. The hospital no longer exists and some of its records were lodged with the Royal College of Surgeons archivist.

What about remaining records of the hospital? - Have you looked at the Hospital Records Database (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/hospitalrecords/)to see whether or not any other useful documents from the hospital have survived?


I was hoping there may be a charity(s) that specialised in " informal adoptions" during that period.

Informal events by their nature tend to leave little in the way of paperwork. For more formal arrangements, there were many churches and other charitable institutions which arranged adoptions. Are there any records which show if the hospital had any connection with a particular church, local charity, the workhouse, etc?

canberra100
18-01-2010, 1:01 PM
Hello Geoffers,

I haven't tried the hospital records at the NA but I will. When I spoke to the librarian at the RCS she was very helpful but made no mention of any connections with other organisations. I explained my reasons for asking about the hospital but then I didn't directly ask for connections so that's my fault.

I will look into all that's in your post and thank very much for responding.


Regards
Peter