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Seeking Family of Samuel and Emily Gauci

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Marion Report 25 Jan 2013 12:00

Hi Amanda,

Thanks for the advice. I hadn't considered the fact that her subsequent children would be illegitimate if she married before she divorced, i'm fairly inexperienced at all of this!

What would i hope to find in the WW2 records of my grandfather that would help me to identify if Emily Woods is the same person as Emily P Cameron?




Amanda, Report 25 Jan 2013 18:05

Hi Marion,

The lovely thing about this hobby is not knowing what you might discover but you already have a family story to follow up which now needs to be proved true or false!

The WW2 papers may contain details of his Next of Kin which at some point should have been Emily, there may be a forwarding address for her even though she left the family home, it is amazing what details are recorded by the Army, if your Grandad was approached by the police, was he still in the Army then?
My Dad wasn't discharged until 1947 and a Divorce might also be mentioned.

If the Divorce was earlier and the papers were at Kew I would have gladly gone and copied them for you but they only have up to 1937.

These WW2 records have a long waiting list of up to a year I believe, but it's like waiting for an adoption file, you just have to be patient, it also depends on whether you are willing to pay for the information, I think it is about £40.00 but I am sure someone will know exactly how much it is.

The other search you could do is the Newspapers for Stepney, the local Library there may have something, again they may charge, but these cases usually made the papers and often a Court Case took place.

I think there is also something about 1939 National Insurance records but hopefully someone else might read this and explain more than I can.

Kind regards
Amanda x


brummiejan Report 25 Jan 2013 18:09

If your grandfather's wife is still living, I think she has to be the applicant, and she won't be charged as far as I know.


JannieAnnie Report 25 Jan 2013 18:16

This link explains about the 1939 Identity Card

Also currently the building with the Archives for Tower Hamlets are being renovated


Marion Report 25 Jan 2013 19:44

Thanks all

My grandfather's 2nd wife is not living so she cannot request the records.

My uncle still lives in London so i may ask him about checking the library for the newspapers for any information.

I will also explore the links provided.


Marion Report 24 Oct 2013 16:09

I've now had confirmation that Emily Woods was known as Pat so i dont think there is any doubt that Emily Gauci is the same person and my paternal grandmother. Unfortunately, i've not been able to find any more information since my last post and would appreciate any advice on what my next move should be, thanks Marion


Kense Report 26 Oct 2013 08:15

Marion, since it is several months since the helpers were involved, it might be a good idea to summarise what you now know, what your aim is and which of the suggestions you were able to follow up