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trying to trace Jean Mary Pickering

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Joanne Report 2 Apr 2013 12:46

im trying to trace my mothers sister my mothers name was Josephine Pickering .i know nothing about Jean she might even have got married ,if anyone could help it would make my day i have a family that i have missed all my life. :-D
My gran and grandad divorced before my mum and dad married .i was told that Jean might have married someone in the RAF but i dont know if thats true .my father cant tell me anything about Jean and not even about my own mother.Josephine was born in Langley hollingborne maidstone kent and her sister could have been born in Gateshead or york .leslie pickering was in the royal engineers so that how they went to kent. Jean Mary pickering was bourne in 1937.


Kay???? Report 2 Apr 2013 13:05

Hi Joanne,

The name alone isnt enough to go on as its not a unique one and there are many marriages in that name in England and Wales apart from world wide,,,,

a little more detail such as area and year would aid your which country.?


patchem Report 2 Apr 2013 18:28

Welcome to the boards, Joanne.

I think Joanne has Josephine Pickering, 1941, in her tree on here.

There is a birth for a Josephine in 1941, Maidstone.
There is a birth with possible same parents for Jean M Pickering, 1937, York.

Is this the correct family, and do you know where they went after York then Maidstone?

Marriages Dec 1936
Pickering Leslie Towse York 9d 82
Towse Ivy Pickering York 9d 82

I think Joanne has about 3 different tree version/membership numbers on here.


patchem Report 2 Apr 2013 18:46

Sorry, but could this be her death, mis-recorded name?
Joan M Pickering
Birth Date: abt 1937
Date of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep 1937
Age at Death: 0
Registration district: York
Inferred County: Yorkshire East Riding
Volume: 9d
Page: 34

Added: As jax points out below, this is probably not her death.


jax Report 2 Apr 2013 19:02

There was a Joan M born 1937 aswell Patchem

Births Sep 1937 (>99%)

Pickering Joan M Capes York 9d 50


patchem Report 2 Apr 2013 19:06

When I did a free bmd search, no Joan M birth appeared.
Wonder what I did wrong??
So not definitely dead yet.


patchem Report 2 Apr 2013 21:46

I think Joanne was born in Kent, so family may have stayed there.


Joanne Report 3 Apr 2013 19:20

sorry im new at this ,my gran ivy and grandad leslie pickering divorced before my mum and dad married. all i know was that Leslie moved back to gateshead ,he was in the royal engineers so thats how they came to move to kent . Jean could have been born in York in 1937. i as told that Jean could have married someone in the RAF. i have pictures of my mum and dads wedding and they had no bridesmaids i have a family photo of before the wedding but my dad cant look at it so im stuck on what to do next.


patchem Report 3 Apr 2013 19:42

Do you know if this is your grandfather's death?

Leslie Pickering
Birth Date: 16 Dec 1916
Date of Registration: Nov 1992
Age at Death: 75
Registration district: Gateshead
Inferred County: Durham
Volume: 2
Page: 38

And could this possibly be his birth?
Births Mar 1917
Pickering Leslie Billingham Gateshead 10a 1547

I can see no Marriage for Jean M Pickering in the North East of England.


Joanne Report 3 Apr 2013 21:02

i have Leslies birth certificate he was born 9.12.1916 and died in november 1992. his mother was margaret billingham and his father was william pickering. i wonder if she stayed in kent?


patchem Report 3 Apr 2013 22:46

If she stayed in Co Durham and never married, there is a Jean M Pickeing showing on
But that is probably from a marriage of a Jean M to Mr Pickering in Durham eastern in 1970.

There are no marriages in Kent.
Some in Essex and London , but nothing likely.

Click ADD REPLY button - not this link!

Click ADD REPLY button - not this link! Report 3 Apr 2013 23:07

Do you have your parents' marriage cert? Who were the witnesses?



Joanne Report 4 Apr 2013 12:27

i have there marriage cert but its my granddad Ronald William Butler and my mums mum Ivy Smith who were witnesses.
Many Thanks to everyone helping me,


patchem Report 8 Apr 2013 18:35

If you got Leslie's death certificate there is a very remote chance that the informant could be related and give you useful information.


Joanne Report 8 Apr 2013 18:40

i haven't when i applied for i was told was told they could not send it as it was not registry office so i don't know what else to do .


patchem Report 8 Apr 2013 23:32



Joanne Report 9 Apr 2013 08:51

thankyou for that link its years ago i applied for it i shall apply again.


Joanne Report 19 May 2013 21:26

i have a small problem thats really frustrating me ,i cant order a death certificate form my grandfather because i cannot find the day of the month he died all i know is he died november 1992 do you have ideas how i can find out the date.
many thanks


patchem Report 19 May 2013 22:32

I did not think you needed the date of death to order the certificate, just use his name, place, year and quarter?

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 20 May 2013 12:13

You dont need the full date . you tick the box on the GRO order that asks if the GRO is known .

All you need to order the cert is to specify its a death cert. his name as its listed on the GRO ref and use the ref in the appropriate boxes

It's when you don't tick the box that asks if the GRO ref is known that you will required to put in more info than you have like the actual death date