George Rackley - Ludlow, Herefordshire about 1869 - was he adopted?

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  1. Chimp

    Chimp Moderator & Cheeky Human IMP Staff Member

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    I'm afraid that if he isn't named on the birth certificate then there is little chance of ever knowing who he was, unless of course some one takes the DNA tour and has a connection but then you need at least 2 people to match up, someone on your side and someone on George's father's side.
     
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    Well, I think I may already have one for my side and one for George's fathers side it's just working out how and who! At least I know where to look now!! :)
     
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    So Thomas Davies is crossed out on Mira's birth record and there is a (4) above his name in brackets...what could that mean?
     
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    I have no idea.....It may be an entry in the register, as in see No. 4 for the reason why this is crossed out.
     
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    I wondered if it referred to a list of possible amendment codes as in:

    (4) Entered in error.

    Just a thought....
     
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    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    Does it have anything to do with the word ‘four’ written in the margin and initialed by the registrar?
     
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    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    Was it the 4th child born?
     
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    From 1968 legislation
    Para 72 1 (d)
    All errors corrected as aforesaid shall be numbered consecutively by the registrar from the beginning of the register starting with 'one' and on making any such correction the registrar shall write the number of the error in figures against the body of the entry and shall repeat the same number in words in the margin of the entry and add his initials.

    Before that was a bit about scoring through an error with a line in such a way that it could still be read.

    So even if Thomas was the father he wasn't admitting to it.
     
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    It might be worth looking to see if the father was brought before the Quarter Sessions to pay maintenance - there's an index to their records produced by the Shropshire FHS:
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    http://www.sfhs.org.uk/sites/default/files/CD%20Catalogue%20Spring%202019.pdf
    It looks a bargain - nearly 400,000 records for £4 plus postage. As far as I can see, they only mention payment by cheque, which might be a problem for you, but it's probably worth asking if there are any other options.

    There looks to be quite a lot of info on the society site, and a vast range of other publications too.
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    Thank you guys for all of your help!! I really appreciate it! I'll look into the SFHS site when I get the chance. :)
     
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    Just an update! I received a copy of William Rackley's will. William died in 1932 in Harrisville Queensland. It was heartwarming to read that George Rackley (also otherwise known as George Davies) was provided for in William's will and was referred to as William's 'adopted' son. :cool::):D There was no rift in the family and all proceeds of his estate were divided equally between the surviving members of William's family however, William James Rackley, George's half brother was named executor and was given 2 shares of the estate.

    So would there have been any record of the 'adoption' back in the late 1860's/early 1870's? Or am I just clutching at straws to find any record of George's biological father? I'm guessing these things just unofficially happened? :reading:
     
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    Adoption legislation in the UK did not happen until 1926. Until that time, things were very unofficial :(
     
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    That's wonderful news, so pleased that George got his share :)
     

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