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Desperately seeking my father

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Gemma Report 15 Apr 2008 11:16

The salavation army does not trace for unmarried parents.


Gemma Report 15 Apr 2008 12:11

David Long, mmn KEY, Camberwell, 5c 157, 2Q 1961.

this one looks very promising, with the year. Thanks

As for his age, my mother told me he is around 47yrs (4 yrs her senior) - she is 43 now


WayneTracey Report 15 Apr 2008 12:27

OK, Gemma,

Good Luck with that one.... please post back here when you get the cert and let us know if the data looks promising for you.



Gemma Report 15 Apr 2008 12:31

sorry I am new to all of this, how do I order the cert and which one for David or the "KEY" one?

Sorry being a little slow


Potty Report 15 Apr 2008 12:35


You can order the cert online from the GRO -

Tick the box that asks if you have the GRO reference and then enter the details given above
David Long
Year 1961
Quarter 2
District - Camberwell
Volume No 5c
Page 157


Gemma Report 15 Apr 2008 14:21

this is not working for me! I am trying to order the birth certificate under the GRO bit and its asking me for a full birthdate, tried putting the year only like this:


no luck with that!

Can someone double check this as I do not want to get it wrong. Thanks


Gemma Report 15 Apr 2008 15:10

I have been given some names that could be my granma, is this a better way to go ordering her death cert or more likely to find David using the above ^^ website to order Davids Birth cert??


Nicki Report 15 Apr 2008 17:00


I think your start point should be the ordering of the death certificate. Do you know what year she died?



Gemma Report 15 Apr 2008 18:14

LONG, Catherine Cairns Southwark 1988 March (if this is her (and my best bet at the moment) then she died in the year above. My aunt confirms that she died when i was around 3 yrs.


Gemma Report 15 Apr 2008 18:19

just looked it up on and the address I have for my biological father matches the name Catherine C Long living at 56 rotherhithe old road...

this is not a coincidence surely?


Nicki Report 15 Apr 2008 18:24

Wow, that sounds exciting. What are you going to do? Phone? Write?

Post a request on an electoral roll thread and get them to check who lives there now. I will nudge up Jean's thread for you.

Edit - You have already posted on there - I would still add the address on there and Jean will pm you with who lives theres.



Gemma Report 15 Apr 2008 19:12

yeh ive posted there, i didn't get a number sadly


Gemma Report 15 Apr 2008 19:51

okay so I have just called the GRO -
ordered a death certificate for :
Name: Catherine Cairns Long
Birth Date: 5 Sep 1922
Death Registration Month/Year: Mar 1988
Age at death (estimated): 65
Registration district: Southwark
Inferred County: London
Volume: 15
Page: 211

they are saying it is unlikely that there is an address on there but ive ordered all the same. . . so have 5 days to wait now.

has anyone on here done the same thing and got far ?


Gemma Report 15 Apr 2008 20:17

Hi Everyone
I am Gemma's Aunt and I am writting this email to thank you all for helping Gemma find her Father, god bless you all.



Nicki Report 15 Apr 2008 20:24

Fingers crossed for a very happy ending - let us know how you get on.


Jessie aka Maddies mate

Jessie aka Maddies mate Report 15 Apr 2008 21:38

Just walking through the thread so I can bookmark it to see how Gemma gets on ..................

My OH is in the same situation, has a name for birth father, rough age, and knows where he was from and where he was when my OH was born ( knows the town I should say not the address ) but that is all we have to go on.

Good luck Gemma................hope you find him


Gemma Report 15 Apr 2008 21:59

Hey Jessie, everyone on here are very helpful so maybe you can post some more info up and do what I have been doing and cross reference all info people have provided you with... i am lucky enough to have family that can verify some of the info through memories and time ... what has your other half done to find their father? Have they got the full birth cert or the smaller part ??


TinaElizabeth Report 15 Apr 2008 22:19

I too am in the same situation as Jessie and Gemma.

HI I have very little to go on as well. I tried the GRO years ago and couldn't find a name matching 5 years either side of the year mum gave me To the point i was beginning to think the name was a figment of my mums imagination. She did say he was in trouble and that's why they split.
I went and searched the newspapers for around my birth year and there in black and white was his name and a mention of an unnamed girl,my mum, lol.
However this search didn't turn up any clues or so i thought. I came home and turned on the computer and tried every thread going and Joan Allan ( who has found 8 of my mums siblings, 5 whom were adopted ) but nothing about my father.

I don't know where to turn to, have toyed with the idea of writing a letter to the local area paper but..................



Gemma Report 15 Apr 2008 22:31

Hi Tina, why dont you post the name of your dad from the paper article and a rough estimate of age (i wasnt exactly sure but narrowed down the information) maybe you could contact the paper with the article in it as newspapers archive all there old papers/articles etc...

doesnt your mum know any more information? Seems a little odd, mind you.. my mum has stopped talking to me cause of all this so I know what its like not to be given all the facts, its unfair and as far as I concerned my mother is playing games with my life... do you have a good relationship with your mother to get more info??

I just contacted the social security of the area my bio father grew up in and awaiting a reply.. maybe you could try that or start your own quest, either way i have found everyone on here absolutly amazing and had more support from them and my auntie then I could ever have imagined.

Have you done a search on your name or your mothers as someone could be looking for you!

Good luck



TinaElizabeth Report 15 Apr 2008 23:11

Hi, i do have a good relationship with her but she is very forgetful, i mean 59 is sooooooooo old, NOT.

I don't have clue to were he was born as no reference in that name can be,although a clever genes member did change the first names around and come up with one. I am awaiting the certificate.