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DAVID BERTRAM, BORN PERTH, SCOTLAND, SINCE ADOPTED

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Margaret

Margaret Report 18 Dec 2012 20:51

I am searching for David Bertram who was born in Perth, Scotland and adopted as a child. He is around 53 years old now. He will no doubt have been given a different name by his adoptive parents.

brummiejan

brummiejan Report 18 Dec 2012 22:42

Are you a relative? You might consider registering on the adoption contact register for Scotland:

http://www.birthlink.org.uk/adoption_contact_register.htm

Also try looking for matches with other members by using 'search all trees', found in search box above.

Jan

Margaret

Margaret Report 18 Dec 2012 23:13

My friend is his brother, she's only recently discovered that David is her full blood brother. I'm trying to help her in her search. Birthlink haven't been able to helpas she only has his birth name, which is certain to have been changed. I posted this in the hope that someone may know of his background.

Margaret

Margaret Report 18 Dec 2012 23:13

My friend is his brother, she's only recently discovered that David is her full blood brother. I'm trying to help her in her search. Birthlink haven't been able to helpas she only has his birth name, which is certain to have been changed. I posted this in the hope that someone may know of his background.

brummiejan

brummiejan Report 18 Dec 2012 23:25

This makes no sense though - surely birth names are used for adoption contacts? Completely pointless using adoptive name as relatives won't know what it is!!
Jan

Penny

Penny Report 19 Dec 2012 07:32

Birthlink are the official body, they have a register, that she should use.

Why cant they help? have they said? Relatives ALWAYS register their interest in the birth name.

Margaret

Margaret Report 19 Dec 2012 09:58

My friend has registered and been in contact with Birthlink. They applied to the local authority in the area he was adopted. After months of waiting, the local authority has now said that, although they have the information she requires on file, they are under no legal obligation to release the details. A devastating blow to my friend. As "David" hasn't registered his interest with Birthlink, they cannot help her further. She has asked the local authority if they can do a search and inform him of her wish to make contact, but this has been denied her. If there was a way she could learn of his adopted name, she would do all the research herself.

Margaret

Margaret Report 19 Dec 2012 10:13

I see I've written that my friend is her brother. That should read, my friend is his sister.

brummiejan

brummiejan Report 19 Dec 2012 16:56

Now it makes sense Margaret. It's the same in England/Wales, the information is confidential.
Although it seems harsh, and I can see why your friend is upset, this is how it should be isn't it? You don't know if he is aware of his adoption, and even if he is, he might not be ready to have contact with his birth family.
Maybe she can ask to have her contact details added to his file in case he ever accesses it.
Jan

Margaret

Margaret Report 19 Dec 2012 19:10

Thanks Jan, she has done that. My friend was herself adopted as a baby. Their poor mother, having to give up two children. She did have other children and my friend has, traced one of these, her half sister. She is enjoying her new found family. It was due to this half sister that she learned of the existence of a full blood brother.

Margaret

Margaret Report 17 Apr 2013 21:51

Thank you to those who have replied. Hopefully someone has information regarding "David" :-\