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Colin Gibbs

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Mark Report 8 Dec 2012 17:24


I've had considerable success with Genes Reunited tracing family - so I thought I'd try my luck with my step-daughters family.

Her Dad is Colin Gibbs (1958-2002) and she says her Grand-parents are Joan and Colin. Her Dad's Mum had the maiden name of Merrills - but I cannot find any marriage between a Joan Merrills and Colin Gibbs.

If anyone could shed some light on this marriage it would be very much appreciated

Thank you,



Andrew Report 8 Dec 2012 17:27

For ref

England & Wales, Birth Index: 1916-2005
about Colin Gibbs
Name: Colin Gibbs
Mother's Maiden Surname: Merrills
Date of Registration: Oct-Nov-Dec 1958
Registration district: Battersea
Inferred County: London
Volume Number: 5c
Page Number: 5 (click to see others on page)



Mark Report 8 Dec 2012 17:36

Hi Andy - thanks for your reply. I think I'm going to get a copy of the birth certificate. That way I will be able to confirm my step-daughters grand-parents and take it from there :-)


Andrew Report 8 Dec 2012 17:40

This record

Address is 29 Orkney Street, Battersea

With Colin Gibbs

n, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965
about Joan Gibbs
Name: Joan Gibbs
Year: 1957
County or Borough: Wandsworth
Ward or Division/Constituency: Battersea North
Street Address: 29 Gerald

Hmmmm...Joan is at this address from at least 1952. Colin only appears in 1956 and that is his first year able to vote, so maybe mother and son.



Londonbelle Report 8 Dec 2012 17:44

Death registration giving date of birth

Name: Colin Gibbs
Birth Date: 12 Dec 1958
Date of Registration: Feb 2002
Age at Death: 43
Registration district: Great Yarmouth
Inferred County: Norfolk
Register Number: B75B
District and Subdistrict: 6361B
Entry number: 28


GlitterBaby Report 8 Dec 2012 17:58

I keep looking at the marriage in Brighton in 1943 but wrong christian names


Andrew Report 8 Dec 2012 18:18

Possible siblings born 1949-1953 in Battersea



Andrew Report 8 Dec 2012 18:21

GB, you may be correct

The 1943 marriage is Harry and Lydia.

They are in ight area at right time.

London, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965
about Lydia Gibbs
Name: Lydia Gibbs
Year: 1956
County or Borough: Wandsworth
Ward or Division/Constituency: Battersea North
Street Address: 58 William

With Harry G.
Address is 58 Beaufoy Road.


Reggie Report 8 Dec 2012 21:24

The MMN is recorded as Merrills...........that doesn't mean she married Gibbs in that name. She could have been married before. WW2 was still comparatively recent!


Reggie Report 8 Dec 2012 21:27

Colin had/has three (possibly four) siblings..........are you aware of these?


Reggie Report 8 Dec 2012 21:29

Have you actually looked on freebmd for a birth for a Joan Merrills?

Are the grandparents alive?

If not.....when did they die?


Mark Report 9 Dec 2012 00:31

Thanks for taking the time to reply everyone. It's possible Joan Merrills did marry before marrying Colin - and I am aware of several siblings. I'm definitely going to order the birth certificate and take it from there.