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Carol Report 6 Dec 2017 21:41

When an adoption has taken place 1945, would the child have been registered under birth name or new adopted name. How can i find what birth name would have been.


Nyx Report 6 Dec 2017 21:43

Would have been registered in birth name.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 6 Dec 2017 21:45

If you’re asking on behalf of an adopted child, read this link to find out how they can access their original certificate.

The adopted child can also request access to their files. No one else is permitted to see them or the original bc. Edit - that is, by backtracking from the name after adoption.


Andrew Report 6 Dec 2017 21:53

The birth cert will be in original name and should show birth mothers name. It will also state that the child was adopted in right hand margin, but will not show new name.


 Sue In Yorkshire.

Sue In Yorkshire. Report 6 Dec 2017 22:20

Birth name before the adoption and different name after the adoption.


RolloTheRed Report 7 Dec 2017 12:35

So far as the target person is over 18 anybody can access the original birth cert of an adoptee in the usual way. The annotation "adopted" is not on the GRO register but is on the copy cert. The adoption cert . is not publicly available. However as dob and place are unchanged a little patience usually yields results assuming the researcher is in possession of sufficient details.
Adoptees over 18 can and sometimes do change back to their original name. That does not retrospectively change anything at GRO however.

The whole system was set up long before the general public were able to carry out brute force searches via the internet. The true level of confidentiality was poor.

Of course and esp since 2006 GRO has tightened up. This in itself has created a new raft of problems.


maggiewinchester Report 7 Dec 2017 12:47

My dad (born 1926) was adopted at the age of 16, in 1942 - purely so he could join the Fleet Air Arm.
He is registered under his adopted name in 1942.
However, on looking in registers for his original registration, his birth name (ie his surname is my gran's maiden name - gran wasn't married) has been added at the bottom of the page, and a reference to the page his adoption is registered is written next to it!
This implies one of two things. Either my dad wasn't registered at birth, or he was registered in a name different to his mum's maiden name and gran wouldn't admit who it was when dad was adopted.


Carol Report 9 Dec 2017 09:37

Thankyou all that has been really helpful.