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Looking for adopted brother

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Sheryll Report 12 Apr 2012 22:10

Hello all, we have recently discovered that my husband has a brother who was adopted out from the district of Wortley Yorkshire approx 47 yrs ago...His name on his birth certificate is 'Ian Hamshaw' but other than that I have no more leads...Any help would be very much appreciated :)

Sheryll Hamshaw :-)


brummiejan Report 12 Apr 2012 22:44

Have you tried 'search trees' above? A slim chance, but it's worth a look just in case he is looking for his birth family and is a member - or someone else in the family is!
Otherwise, your husband might want to put his name on the national adoption register, his brother might be on there or might register at some point.
Has he asked social services for advice?


Sheryll Report 12 Apr 2012 23:13

Thanks Jan, sorry for submitting twice, just trying to get the hang of it...I can't search the trees as I don't know what his name would be now...I think the national adoption register will be our port of call. I spoke with social services and they said to put name on the register. We have since found out that he did try to contact his birth mother (my husbands mum) some yrs back but sadly she didnt want to know. The adopted brother will have no idea he has more family and we would really love to find him...thank you for your advice Jan x


jax Report 13 Apr 2012 01:05

If he was going to put his name on this site, he would use his birth name

Unfortunatly it looks like only you have him listed


KINGSMILL Report 13 Apr 2012 04:48

Do you know the others who have his dad on GR Family tree
The one dated 1943 will be him as he was registered in J/F/M 1944

The SAME 2 people have his mum on their family tree

I am confused on the parents are together ?
but there is another later marriage for the father

OR will there be another reason for his adoption
ie would Ian have looked for his birth dad as well as his birth mum ?


brummiejan Report 13 Apr 2012 10:00

Jax is right, I did mean to look for his birth name! Sorry not to be clearer.
I would try looking for all names you have for your husband's birth family. A long shot as I say, but easy to do so worth a go. And do look at the Ancestry trees as found by Kingsmill.
As he tried contacting his mother, at least it is confirmed he knows he was adopted and is interested in finding his family. So he might well be on the register.
I am no expert, but I have a feeling you might be able to leave a message on his adoption records? Worth investigating anyway.
I would also check out NORCAP if you haven't already. Just google search.
Fingers crossed for you.


Sheryll Report 13 Apr 2012 11:34

Hello all, ian has the same mum as my husband and his brother but their father is different to ian's and I have no clue about his name :( I will try this NORCAP thanks everyone any advice is welcome

Sheryll x


brummiejan Report 13 Apr 2012 14:20

But you do have his birth name don't you, as you say he was born Ian Hamshaw? This is the name you need to use.


wisechild Report 13 Apr 2012 15:36

Ian Hamshaw b 1st quarter 1965 Wortley. MMN Gorman


Sheila Report 13 Apr 2012 16:10

Have you also checked under his mothers name both married and maiden ? do you know which agency was used for he adoption ? it looks like he must have been actively seaching in order to trace his birth mother,


Sheryll Report 13 Apr 2012 20:51

I don't know the agency unfortunately, although we are in contact with the birth mother she will not discuss 2 much with us so all we have is his name, birth yr and district which I found on here...I am unsure of any other places to look apart from this adoption register...You are all so kind trying to help :)


Sheryll Report 13 Apr 2012 21:02

Also, can anyone answer this question? If there is only one Ian Hamshaw registered on births on GR and there is only one Ian Hamshaw on facebook, is it possible this can only be the same person? sorry if confusing, I am beginning to confuse myself lol....:)


brummiejan Report 13 Apr 2012 21:16

There are only 4 people born Ian Hamshaw - birth years ranging from 1965-82 - so not many, but no way of knowing if the one on Facebook is yours.
I would definitely ask social services and Norcap for advice, and get your husband's name on the register.


Sheryll Report 13 Apr 2012 21:19

lol just thought I would ask... also what is NORCAP? I think you are right about the register, if ian has tried to contact before than it could be likely that he has his details on there..The only thought I had was that as his birth mother rejected him again he may have given up and he has no way of knowing that he has more family...such a shame, I will persivere :)


brummiejan Report 13 Apr 2012 21:22

NORCAP is a charity devoted to adults affected by adoption.

It is for relatives of adopted persons as well as the adoptees themselves.



jax Report 13 Apr 2012 21:26

The one on FB is the younger one of the four


Sheryll Report 13 Apr 2012 21:27

ok thanks Jan I will have a look at that....can i just ask jax how do you know this isn't the one i am looking for as I couldnt find a date of birth on facebook? thanks


Sheryll Report 13 Apr 2012 21:28

can you see a dob Jax?


jax Report 13 Apr 2012 21:29

Because your one was not born in Norfolk, if he was adopted it is very unlikely he would be using his birth name on FB


Sheryll Report 13 Apr 2012 21:32

sometimes they just put the place they live now though because I do the same! also I did think that about his name but I then thought as he did want contact at some point he may have set up an extra profile on facebook in the hope his birth mother may find it... :)