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Deborah Report 16 Jul 2013 19:25

Hi trying to find my grandmothers son who we believe was adopted when he was a baby in early 40's late 30's. I believe my grandmother Glenrose Annie Ball had to go to Scotland (?) to have the baby ????? I have been trying for a while now but with no luck....Other names my grandmother could of used ( surname ) Hughes ...Goddard...knapp...ball...demery....

We do not have any information other than what I have written.

So desperate for any information what so ever

Please help !!!!!


Penny Report 16 Jul 2013 21:24

have you looked at Scottish births?

whatever name she was using, the maiden name shouldn't change

Was she the one that married first time in 1917? ( born 1893)


patchem Report 16 Jul 2013 22:04

Probably this one:
Births Sep 1921
Ball Glenrose A Goddard Windsor 2c 801


Deborah Report 17 Jul 2013 16:47

Yes tried Scottish births any they have nothing

Patchem yes that one is my grandmother that was her maiden name...the other names we think she may of used for the babies surname....

Just hit a brick wall really :-(

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Click ADD REPLY button - not this link! Report 17 Jul 2013 18:01

She married Alan Knapp in 1943.



Deborah Report 20 Jul 2013 14:44

Yes I know all about my grandfather Alan knapp.....this was apparently before my nan and granddad were together :-(


jax Report 20 Jul 2013 16:30

....Other names my grandmother could of used ( surname ) Hughes ...Goddard...knapp...ball...demery

Ball was her maiden name so any child she had would have that as mothers maiden name

Goddard was HER mmn so not sure why that would be used? If it was before she was with your grandfather Alan Knapp...then she wouldn't have used his name....who are Hughes and Demery?


Deborah Report 22 Jul 2013 19:08

Obviously I know she would of used her maiden name.....but all this was kept quiet and we have given other names as no one knew that she was having this which these other family names could of been used.

We did not have a clue about any of this until after my grandmother passed away

It wasn't until after her death that one of my aunts said about it as she knew my grandmother had a baby when she was very aunt was told by my grandmothers mother and she didn't tell a soul :-(


patchem Report 22 Jul 2013 19:35

Have you contacted the other people on genes who have her in their trees?

On your tree you have her born 1920, not 1921, any reason for this difference?

Where did the story about going to Scotland for the birth come from - there were homes throughout the country if necessary, Scotland is a long way from Windsor. If it was because there were relatives in Scotland, what part of Scotland was it?



Deborah Report 22 Jul 2013 19:47

Hi yes year was 1921 just I haven't changed it yet

We was told by a family member that my grandmother had got into trouble (pregnant ) and she was sent to Scotland ????

It's so frustrating that we do not have much info

I have phoned a couple of places in Scotland including adoptions and places for single mothers around the years that birth was possible but they replied saying nothing at all :-(

But no one even knew about the pregnancy


Kay???? Report 22 Jul 2013 21:52

If a child was born and her single surname was BALL,that is what would be used to register the birth and any legal adoption that followed would be in the surname of BALL,,,,,although she could call herself any name she liked,,,,,where a legallity such as adoption was involved it would be unlawful to use it.

there are 90+births in Scotland registered in surname of BALL,between 1935 and 1945...the contents cant be viewed as there is 100 year closure,but can be viewed in personin Edinburgh or Glasgow at The Mitchell Library,,,,,but without any details of name it would cost 90+-times £12 each certificate to buy....and still not find anything........


Deborah Report 24 Jul 2013 19:40

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Deborah Report 31 Jul 2013 18:37

Given up ! :-(