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Ann Rhodes born 1956 Birmingham (Warwickshire)

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Josie Lloyd

Josie Lloyd Report 18 Nov 2021 21:13

ANN was adopted (Mcdonald) josie


ArgyllGran Report 18 Nov 2021 21:53

Welcome to the boards, Josie.

As you've posted on "Find Living Relatives", I'm assuming you hope to find where Ann is now, though your post doesn't make it clear.

Having looked up her birth record, I see that her mother had the two names Rhodes and Mcdonald, and Ann was also registered under both surnames.

As Ann's whole name will probably have been changed on adoption, we have no idea what name she has now, and no way of finding out, unfortunately.

Adoption information is confidential, and not available online.

If you're a birth relative, you can add your name to the Adoption Contact Register, and then if Ann also has registered with them, or does so in future, you may be put in touch with each other.
It's a gamble - but you never know!

"Relative" includes relation by blood (including half blood), marriage or civil partnership.

Info here:

On re-reading your post, perhaps you mean that she was adopted by the Mcdonald family ??

Josie Lloyd

Josie Lloyd Report 20 Nov 2021 19:56

thank you for geting intouch. I think she may have been adopted by the Mcdonald family. Her birth mum Rhodes. Not 100% sure but she could be a half sister to me

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 20 Nov 2021 20:53

Have you actually bought the birth certificate

She is registered in both names that indicates both parents are named but they weren’t married

Any adoption name wouldn’t show on a birth certificate so McDonald isn’t her adopted surname

Do you have any info on her parents that may indicate she connected to yourself


ArgyllGran Report 20 Nov 2021 20:55

Unfortunately, even if she was adopted by the Mcdonalds, and kept her first name, Ann McDonald is too common a name for us to be able to identify later records for her without more information.

As her mother is named as "Mcdonald or Rhodes" on the birth record, are you sure that her mother's name was Rhodes - which would mean that her father was a Mcdonald? Or could her mother have been a Mcdonald and her father a Rhodes?

If you are right in thinking that she was adopted by the Mcdonalds, then presumably that would be the family of one of her parents.

But as Shirley points out, any adopted surname would not show on the birth record, and so she might have been adopted by a completely different family.

Adoption certificates are not online, as they are confidential.

Josie Lloyd

Josie Lloyd Report 20 Nov 2021 21:07

my mum is mary rhodes from warwrickshire she was sent away when she was about 16-17yrs (1956) of age she will not tell us why we have narrowed it down to a baby or mental health problems there is no family to ask


ArgyllGran Report 20 Nov 2021 21:20

A Mary Rhodes was born in Birmingham in 1939 - but I can't say if she's your mum or not.

IF ( BIG if ) the 1939 child is your mother, these are probably her parents in 1939:

John Rhodes
in the 1939 England and Wales Register
Name: John Rhodes
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Birth Date: 18 Jan 1913
Residence Date: 1939
Address: 5/73
Residence Place: Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
Occupation: General Labourer
Line Number: 15
Schedule Number: 56
Sub Schedule Number: 1
Enumeration District: QAJC
Borough: Birmingham
Registration district: 384/3
Inferred Spouse:
Alice S Rhodes
Household Members Age
John Rhodes 26
Alice S Rhodes 23

Their marriage:

John Rhodes
in the England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1916-2005
Name: John Rhodes
Registration Date: Oct 1938[Nov 1938] [Dec 1938]
Registration Quarter: Oct-Nov-Dec
Registration District: Birmingham
Inferred County: Warwickshire
Spouse: Alice S Baker
Volume Number: 6d
Page Number: 484

However, that doesn't help to find Ann.

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 20 Nov 2021 21:22

As suggested in our messages getting the birth certificate will give you its info

Josie Lloyd

Josie Lloyd Report 20 Nov 2021 21:42

Hi ArgyllGran

my mum was born in 1939 but she married my dad in north wales 1958 were she has lived since you do have the right parents for her though my granddad was john rhodes and my nan alice selina rhodes thank you for your help

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Click ADD REPLY button - not this link! Report 21 Nov 2021 01:03

If your mum was sent away, one would assume the birth wasn't registered in Birmingham.

There are 20 or so births registered in 1956/57 where the child is Rhodes and mother's maiden names is Rhodes


Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 21 Nov 2021 11:29


If she was pregnant then she could have been sent anywhere to a mother and baby home or a family friend or relatives out of the area

As has been posted there are 20 plus Rhodes births


ErikaH Report 21 Nov 2021 11:46

There is absolutely nothing to suggest that child born in 1956 was adopted - the additional name is due to the mother being recorded under two surnames

You have jumped to an erroneous conclusion, Josie.


ArgyllGran Report 21 Nov 2021 11:57

The other thing to remember is that your mum "will not tell us why" she was "sent away" - so it may not have been because of pregnancy.

Nor should you assume that the only alternative reason must be a mental health problem, as you suggest.

If your mum's still living ( I assume she is, from the wording of your posts) , does she know that you are investigating things she doesn't want you to know about?

Josie Lloyd

Josie Lloyd Report 21 Nov 2021 14:07

As I know where my mum was sent to it is related to mental health or pregnancy and as I knew my mother very well I know I am on the track all your information has helped thank you