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Comment 1939 Register

Postby coopernicola » Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:14 pm

I have found the following comment on next to an entry for a relative "ADOP ROB 7.7.44" (see attached).
The birth certificate for this person was amended a month after her birth by the Registrar "on production of a Statutory Declaration" by her mother & grandmother. This removed the original name of father & his name from the mother suggesting he was not the father.
The names on 1939 register do not match either mother or 'father' as on original birth certificate. I'm guessing she was adopted, possibly in 1944. The James WOOD in the household is likely to be her uncle, but the head of the household is unknown within the remaining living family. Is it possible she was 'taken in' by Doris Harrison, who later formally adopted her?
N.B. A marriage for Olga N Harrison to Albert G Hurdiss is listed on FreeBMD in 1965 - which explains the name change.
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Re: Comment 1939 Register

Postby ianbee » Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:20 pm

Hi Nicola
It's certainly confusing.
I'm under the impression that those dates written in later are the date of notification of a change, i.e. change of name. Or something like that!
Olga's surname is altered to Hurdiss, and the extra name Nancy added. And in the same ink, and seemingly the same hand is written your "ADOP ROB 7.7.44"
So I read it as her name was changed to Hurdiss some time around 1944, rather than 1965.

There is another marriage
March 1962 Hull 2a 705
Harris, Albert G. - spouse Hurdiss
Hurdiss, Olga N. - spouse Harris

And a possible death for her
March 1976 Hull 7 1146
Harris, Olga Nancy
d-o-b 13 May 1929
which is the same birth date as your lady in the 1939 Register.

So was perhaps Olga adopted by someone called Hurdiss?
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Re: Comment 1939 Register

Postby coopernicola » Tue Jan 24, 2017 7:05 pm

Thanks for your input Ian, this is really making my brain hurt! I've sent a note to my oldest aunt to see if she recognises the HURDISS name. (My father has been no help, he always looks amazed when I show him the results of research on his family. His greatest childhood memories revolve around his evacuation, which he throughly enjoyed!). Fingers crossed as it's quite an unusual name it may jog her memory.
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Re: Comment 1939 Register

Postby ianbee » Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:11 pm

She might be in the Nottingham Evening Post, 31 July 1948 (perhaps better not to mention this to your aunt!)
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Comment 1939 Register

Postby coopernicola » Wed Jan 25, 2017 10:09 am

Brilliant find Ian! She was born in Nottingham so it's likely this is her. My aunt will not be shocked (she's a lively 79 going on 19!) our family is full of shameless folk appearing in the news for all the wrong reasons.
Thank you once more, Nicola
Edit: I wonder if she is also the 'Miss Hurdiss' who was witness to a knife attack in 1949 in the same publication?
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Re: Comment 1939 Register

Postby coopernicola » Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:44 am

I think I now have the puzzle more or less unravelled. Olga's mother, Agnes Maud, appears to have married a Samuel HURDISS (as Nancy A M Wood) in 1936. Another look at the 1939 register finds Samuel & Agnes, in Basford, with Margaret Wood b1876 in the household - I know this is Agnes' mother and that she was estranged from her husband James - above.
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