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Gladys Randolph: maybe known by another name?

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Kay???? Report 26 Jul 2013 20:30

Have you tried Barnardos?.they have an extensive database.

She would only be 6 in 1927 for legal adoption.....which may have happened.

Have you looked in the ACR her christian name may not have been changed if adopted in or after 1927.


Julie Report 27 Jul 2013 23:46


Thank you for your suggestions and information, this is exactly what I was hoping for.

No I haven't looked at the indexes. Do you mean me to join the Adopted Contact Register?

I am very aware that if this lady is still alive with a different name, then she may not have any interest in her birth family, let alone whether or not her adopted family know that she even was adopted or given away.

All very delicate.


Aussietrish Report 28 Jul 2013 03:52

as posted above, if she was born with a disability then it was highly likely that the baby was removed from her and put in an institution.
I was a student nurse in the early 80's and spina bifida was extremely common. we had several wards full of babies with SB (childrens hospital). Most of the babies had been forcibly given up "because it was better to forget them" . In the early 1900's babies would also be damaged by the mother contracting disease's that no longer exist today.
If this was the case then she would have been told to forget her baby and get on with her life; and sadly that is what most mothers tried to do. It was the done thing. Even In the 1980's parents were not allowed to visit because this help the "forgetting" and made the giving up easier..
I doubt that a lot of these children generated a death certificate on their passing.
nb. the hospital I mentioned above also had a 'mental institution' attached to it and if the baby survived would have grown up and stayed until its passing (even as an adult)


martynsue Report 28 Jul 2013 18:04

I just put the name in travel & migration on here 20 hits came up.
not saying it is your rellie but have you looked in the migration record's.
my grandmother had a sister who was put in barnardos as a child and she went to Canada as a child?


jax Report 28 Jul 2013 18:27

Did you notice when they were born or when they travelled Martyn?


martynsue Report 28 Jul 2013 19:40

I dont' have credit's to look at them,i just searched the name in migration & travel,
some of them are g Randolph ,so you would need credit's or platinum membership.
I will look again and see if any date's might tally.


martynsue Report 28 Jul 2013 19:46

not a lot of hope with them,
there may be a bigger selection on other site's.


jax Report 28 Jul 2013 20:26

I don't have a subscription to GR's records but could see when they were born and when they left the country.

The records are no different on Find my past or Ancestry


Kay???? Report 28 Jul 2013 22:03

She isnt listed as a Canadian Home child in G. Randolph or Gladys Randolph./or Randolf-f


Julie Report 29 Jul 2013 12:25

Thank you all of you for comments and posts, I'm working my way through the suggestions and other fields that are cropping up too.

I'm also going to write to Southampton Archives to see what records they have about homes and insitutions. Also Hollybrooks childrens home in Southampton (found on the Workhouses site) and where their records might be or if they have been absorbed into present day childrens societies.