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Relatives of Len/Leonard John Sims (my father)

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Carole Report 29 Jul 2013 22:31

I am looking for anyone related to Leonard John Sims who will be in his 80`s now if still alive and who originates from the Birmingham area of England.
During the war he was a chief petty officer in the navy.
After the war he settled in Bury, Lancashire for a short time and worked as a sugar boiler at the local sweet factory before moving back to Kingsheath Birmingham approximately 1949 or 1950.
He came from a large family being one of 14 children.
At some point in his working life he worked at the Cadbury factory, Birmingham.
I would very much like to hear from anyone who has a link to Leonard/ Len as they could be my relatives.


Reggie Report 29 Jul 2013 22:49

Find his birth registration as a starting point


Reggie Report 29 Jul 2013 22:53

I'm sorry, but this MAY be him.....................


Name: SIMS, Leonard John
Registration district: Wolverhampton
County: Staffordshire
Year of registration: 1997
Month of registration: February
Date of Birth:18 September 1925
District no: 0771B
Reg no: B50A
Ent no: 268
DOR: 297


Reggie Report 29 Jul 2013 22:57

When you find his birth............look for registrations for siblings.

10 can easily be identified

Some of the younger ones may be alive

Try using GR's 'search all trees'


Reggie Report 29 Jul 2013 22:59

Marriages Dec 1911 (>99%)
Connington John W Birmingham 6d 177
Day Dora E Birmingham 6d 177
SIMS Thomas H Birmingham 6d 177
Stirk Mary A Birmingham 6d 177


Carole Report 29 Jul 2013 23:50

Thank you that's so helpful.I looked at the original birth certificate with his mothers maiden name of Day but it seemed to be shortened/cut off and I couldn`t find him or his mothers maiden name on there.
I`m actually looking for half siblings...I know there is certainly one but don't know if they are male or female. They would have been born after 1952.How would I go about finding them.
My father would have been named on their birth certificates but without a first name I`m a bit stuck.
If Leonard died during 1997 as your search suggests there may be an obituary somewhere I suppose ?


jax Report 30 Jul 2013 00:40

If you think that death could be him, it would be worth purchasing it to see if the informant was a relative

To obtain a copy go to


Click ADD REPLY button - not this link!

Click ADD REPLY button - not this link! Report 30 Jul 2013 01:14

If you look on FreeBMD, there is a marriage in Birmingham in 1953.



Reggie Report 30 Jul 2013 08:53

Have you looked to see whether anyone else on GR has Leonard in a tree?

Look under 'search' 'search all member trees'

To find half-siblings (yours, presumably) look for the marriage Rose has identified, and buy the cert, to ensure that it is the right man....................and that the wife had not been married before

Having established those facts, look for possible children......use freebmd


Carole Report 30 Jul 2013 20:41

Thanks to you all for the advice.....I finally got into the birth cert and have ordered the death cert.
I couldn`t find the marriage in 1953 on FreeMBC but will keep trying. I must be doing something wrong.
I have left a message on A`s tree (search all members) during Dec as she seemed to be a match but I have not had a response. I posted again so hoping she will get back to me eventually.
Thank you again


rootgatherer Report 30 Jul 2013 22:28

Marriages Dec 1953

GIBNEY Margaret J SIMS Birmingham 9c 1001
SIMS Leonard J GIBNEY Birmingham 9c 1001