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Michaelle Report 18 Jul 2013 00:46

Glad to help. Hoping the favour will be returned by someone else to me one day (I'm desperate for help with some Polish phone book lookups). But more than that it was such a special story, I would/will gladly help in anyway I could. There are just so many adopted people out there who can't find their special someone, doesn't matter so much if the outcome is sad like yours or happy with a reunion outcome. It's the knowing who they are/were and what happened to them that's important. Funnily enough I soooo want him to have had a child you can contact, but doesn't sound like you think he will have. M :-)


Jacqueline Report 17 Jul 2013 14:36

Thanks gain, it is nice to know. Funny feeling just came over me! You suddenly felt really close although your in Australia, and as if you were both on a mission for me! Amazing haven't a clue who you are but felt a bond/connection! Probably something a lot of us feel along the way when doing this research stuff.

Thanks again x


Michaelle Report 17 Jul 2013 08:49

It may be well worth ordering the certificate - you just never know what you might find. If there is any kind of a contact (ie friend who gave the information of the deceased) just let us know, you never know, we may be able to track them down to find out the story. Michaelle


Jacqueline Report 17 Jul 2013 08:34

Hi Guys, thanks for all of your help. This is the one I looked at. I do feel that it is him. I wonder what his story was. The family I spoke to said he hadn't married so I do not expect to find any relatives - amazing really after all these years that I was able to complete the circle.

Thanks again - I probably will order the certificate to put with the others.


Michaelle Report 17 Jul 2013 04:25

Hi Jax,
I had already gone and bought it prior to you posting your post. Still put it up because mine (in addition to what yours had) also states the Birth Place and that his Father's name was also unknown. Just makes it a little more certain that it might be him.


jax Report 17 Jul 2013 03:57


Why did you pay 99 cents to get what I had already posted...which cost me nothing??


Michaelle Report 17 Jul 2013 03:19

This is where I found you could purchase the Death Certificate On-Line. It was 99 cents to get what I got. $20 will get you an Image of the Certificate (I assume by e-mail). Michaelle :-)


Michaelle Report 17 Jul 2013 03:14

Opps Sorry Jax - new to this didn't know you couldn't. Removed now and more added, this same guy was definately born in England. Michaelle


jax Report 17 Jul 2013 03:07


Please remove your email address Jacqueline can contact you on here if she wishes

Australia Death Index, 1787-1985
about Richard Holmes
Richard Holmes
Death Place:
Clifton Hill, Victoria
Mother's Name:
Registration Year:
Registration Place:
Registration number:
Estimated Birth Year:
abt 1953


Michaelle Report 17 Jul 2013 02:33

There is also a Richard Holmes died in 1984 31yo Mother Unknown. He died at Clifton Hill Victoria. Not sure if this is the same one you saw, but it's not Adelaide.

I'm sorry that this journey didn't have a happy ending for you. If you ordered his Death Certificate there might be a small chance it will show family members on it, you Mum may have a Niece or Nephew here??

I am in Australia if I can assist. I just purchased this certificate that adds he was born in England. So that makes it a little more certain. It is $20 Australian to buy the whole certificate. I don't know how many more details would be on this.

Family Name: HOLMES
Given Name(s): Richard
Sex: Male
Event: DEATH
Father's Name: HOLMES Unknown
Mother's Name: UNKNOWN - Unknown
Spouse's Family Name:
Spouse's Given Name(s):
Age: 31
Birth Place: England
Death Place: Clifton Hill
Registration Year: 1984
Registration Number: 12384


Jacqueline Report 17 Jul 2013 00:10

Hi, sorry for the delay in replying. I'm afraid that I know nothing more than that he died in a car crash in Australia in the '80's. there is a death index on ancestry for somebody with the same name and it says that mother's name unknown - my gut feel is that this relates to my Uncle - I think it said Adelaide.


AmazingGrace08 Report 12 Jun 2013 04:40

Nothing on the index I am afraid. Do you know what State or Territory he died in?


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 12 Jun 2013 00:20

to death notices and obituaries in Australian newspapers

They are notices which appear in Australian newspapers with the basic details transcribed by volunteers
If you edit your title to include the word Australia, it might attract the attention of GR members from there who have a better idea of current sources.

Death certificates aren't normally accessible until 30 years after the death. :-0


Jacqueline Report 11 Jun 2013 09:25

Hi - my uncle's name was Richard Anthony Holmes. He was born 2nd March 1951.
It is possible that he died between 1981 and 1987. What is the index you are talking about, I am a novice when it comes to research resources.



AmazingGrace08 Report 11 Jun 2013 06:25

what was your uncle's name that died in 1987? Ryerson's Index may have his details


Jacqueline Report 10 Jun 2013 23:57

I am just updating this post - After purchasing the death cert for my uncle's a.mother I have been able to trace who registered the death (her nephew) - unfortunately my uncle had died before 1987 in Australia in a car crash.

Due to the ages of the people I was conversing with I was not able to find out anymore (I didn't want to cause them any upset) - my next course of action might be to find out exactly when and where in Australia he died - I shall see how I get on! But at least I can now stop calling every Richard Anthony Holmes on the electoral register!


brummiejan Report 2 Mar 2013 23:35

Obviously there are no guarantees, but death certs can be very informative as you get an address for both the deceased and the informant, who is usually a relative. It's a little long ago perhaps, but at least you will have something a bit more recent. It might also narrow down a death for her husband if he turns out to be the informant.


Jacqueline Report 2 Mar 2013 23:25

Hi - I have been able to track down the death record for the a.mother - it was in 1987. It is not so simple to track the a.father down as there appears to be a few with the same name and initials. So far I cannot see that there are any birth children, or any other adopted children. What would a death certificate tell me?


brummiejan Report 2 Mar 2013 22:26

So, are you saying his adoptive parents were born before 1911? Making them in their late 50's when they adopted him? If so, have you looked for their deaths?


jax Report 2 Mar 2013 22:26

If his mother has been found on the 1911 census...I take it she has died? have you found her death? maybe he was the informant on the death cert?

Did his adoptive parents have any children of their own, have you tried looking for them?