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need help trying to find my mothers birth mothers

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Christine Report 27 Mar 2004 20:51

My mothers was born in 1921, her birth Mother is named on her birth certificate as Florence May Bawden, of 215 Forest Road, Walthamstow, London E17. I have no other info. Can anyone help me and point me in the right direction


Gen Report 27 Mar 2004 21:51

There is a florence bawden on 1901, born Islington but living in Walthamstow, aged 14, maybe if you can get access to 1901 you could check the address and see if it is the same one, from there, if it is her try and find her birth certificate. These are the ones I found, unfortunately my decoder no longer works but I would hazard a guess that some of them are the same household. Gen Born AdministrativeCounty Civil Parish Occupation Alice Bawden 18 Clerkenwell London Essex Walthamstow Gentlemans Neck Tie Maker Annie Bawden 42 Clerkenwell London Essex Walthamstow   Charles Bawden 8 Walthamstow Essex Essex Walthamstow   Elizabeth Bawden 26 London St Lukes Essex Walthamstow   Florence Bawden 14 Islington London Essex Walthamstow   John Bawden 12 Islington London Essex Walthamstow   John Bawden 43 City Of London Essex Walthamstow Album Bookcage Gilder Lillian Bawden 2 London St Lukes Essex Walthamstow   Lillian Bawden 5 Walthamstow Essex Essex Walthamstow   Thomas Bawden 56 City Of London Essex Walthamstow Printers Labourer William Bawden 3 Walthamstow Essex Essex Walthamstow   William Bawden 75 St Pancras London Essex Walthamstow Tailor


cazzabella Report 28 Mar 2004 03:35

Hi Christine, You might have to start trawling the birth indexes, looking for any Florence May Bawden, noting all of them as you don't know where she was born. Assume your grandmother may have only been 14 when she had your mother, so start about 1907 and work back first to 1901, you can then search the census before going any further. You could also do a search of local street directories c1921 to see if 215 Forest Rd was a private address or a home for unmarried mothers. My mother was born at a mother and baby home in 1932, but the address on her birth certificate doesn't state that fact. This was also a long way from my grandmother's home as unmarried mums-to-be were often shipped off to other parts of the country to have their babies, on the pretext of having a position in service, so that the rest of the family didn't get to know about it. There is also a Walthamstow site I think you might find useful http://www.hmsweb(.)co(.)uk/html/home.html Hope this helps a little, best wishes, Carole


Christine Report 28 Mar 2004 09:29

Hi Genevieve, Thanks for your time and the information you gave me, now the hard work starts Chris


Christine Report 28 Mar 2004 09:33

Hi Cass. Thanks for the information and the web site address, where would i look for the street index. I am quite new to this. My mother was brought up by my "grandmother" who was wonderful but would not tell us anything about her birth mother, i beleive she was related some way (a cousin of my grandfathers) but that is only family chat. But I cannot find the connection. But i will start to troll through what i can find. Chris


cazzabella Report 28 Mar 2004 14:35

Hi Christine, Family chat....generally there's no smoke without fire! I would think that either the Essex Record Office or the central library at Walthamstow would have old postal directories. The record office should also hold electoral registers for around that time too, which you could search and hopefully find out who lived there then. Essex Record office is online for more info or you could ring them to ask what they hold. Another site for directories you could try is Best of luck, Carole


Gillian Report 4 Jan 2013 03:14

Looking for information on Lucy Cane who was in mother and baby unit in Walthamstow. Baby girl born 1940 another child a boy also a cane child was born in 1938 and possibly a third Dennis Thom if anyone knows anything please say


jax Report 4 Jan 2013 03:20

Hi Gillian

You should really start a thread of your own, rather than add to this old one