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Confused about searching for an adopted relative

Postby MamaBear » Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:44 am

Hi there, please forgive me if this sounds a little dopey, but I'm new to this and I'm unsure as to how to search for any history relating to my grandad Albert John Pleavin who died prior to my birth.

He was born 9 Jan 1922 and was adopted, but how do I know that the name given for him is his adopted name or his birth name? I believe official adoption didn't begin until 1927 so if I attempt to order a birth certificate with Pleavin as his surname is anything likely to be found? I am a little confused!
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Re: Confused about searching for an adopted relative

Postby ianbee » Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:04 am

Hi
There is a possible birth registration
March 1922 Chester 8a 601
Pleavin, Albert J.
mother's maiden surname - Pleavin

Local indexes on Cheshire BMD have him as Albert John.
Could be illegitimate, going on that birth reg. Which might tie in with an adoption.
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Re: Confused about searching for an adopted relative

Postby peter kent » Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:06 am

But there's a birth registration here:

Births Mar 1922
Pleavin Albert J Pleavin Chester 8a 601

Mother's maiden name Pleavin therefore she probably wasn't married. I suggest you order the birth certificate. The "adoption" may just have been his mother marrying.
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Re: Confused about searching for an adopted relative

Postby peter kent » Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:13 am

Actually I suspect that you haven't got his marriage certificate.

You really do need to get that and check what it says about his father's name (among other things). You should get the marriage certificate before the birth certificate.
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Re: Confused about searching for an adopted relative

Postby ianbee » Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:18 am

peter kent wrote:You should get the marriage certificate before the birth certificate.

Looking on FreeBMD, there is only one Albert J Pleavin birth, marriage, death.
The d-o-b on the death reg ties in with the birth record.
So the odds are good.
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Re: Confused about searching for an adopted relative

Postby AdrianB38 » Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:47 am

And just to reinforce the good advice above. If you're researching your direct ancestors, you should get everything about them that you can. If you can. Birth, marriage, death certificates. Any census or 1939 Register. Preferably in order going backwards from you. Yes, I know that it costs money but the cost of going wrong, especially at an early stage of the game, is more.

Two reasons to get everything - it honours them properly and the more information that you have about them, the better foundation.

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Re: Confused about searching for an adopted relative

Postby MamaBear » Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:40 pm

Wow! Thank you so, so much for such helpful replies! I truly appreciate you taking the time out to answer my query!! :)
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