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  This new book is the essential guide to finding and researching records about people who spent all or part of their childhood in children's homes, orphanages and other residential institutions for children.


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16th of March 2015 02:29 PM by Lorraine Roberts website:
I am looking for two people who would of been living in a childrens home in Wallasey, I think on Union Rd off Seabank Rd, during the early 1970's if my memory serves me right. I have always thought them to be brother and sister named Debbie and Joey. Debbie was the oldest and used to wear glasses. They were my best friends for the time I was there and I often remember them and wonder how they are and where they ended up?

Please get in touch if you know of them or you are Debbie or Joey and you are reading this now.
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14th of March 2015 05:06 PM by Peter Brown
HI iam trying to contact anbody who was in St Nicholas or St Magarets Childrens home, Kinsworthy Winchester. I and my brother George Brown lived at St Nicholas. between 1952 and 1960. These are some of the boys who were in the home the same time as my brother and me.Jan Burgess, Alan Hovind, Ronnie Smith, Richard Minter, Ian Ford, Mervin Dan, Michael Green, Earnest May, Laurence King.

Regards Peter.
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14th of March 2015 01:19 PM by Robert Brathwaite
Hi I am trying to trace some family history on behalf of a close friend whose mother (now deceased) was placed in care in a Family Cottage Home at Aldringham, Leiston, Suffolk in about 1954/5. Her name was Patricia Robinson and she was about 8 years old at the time and we think she remained there until she finished school. She also had a sister in care with her called Yvonne.

Any information regarding the Cottage Home itself or the above mentioned persons would be greatly appreciated....

Yours very hopefully

Robert Brathwaite email:
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13th of March 2015 07:46 AM by Lesley Wyer website:
My last message contained an incorrect email address., Here it is again.

I have been searching for the birth record of my Great Grandmother, Laura Matthews, b about 1857. The 1861 Census says she was living in Hillingdon Middlesex, living with a family called Jones as a "nurse child". Would you have any information on how I should find out more about nurse children? Thank you Lesley Wyer (Brisbane Australia)
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9th of March 2015 11:07 PM by Janice clarke website:
Hi would like to know if anyone one was in Brandon home in County Durham in the 70, s as my brother Ian kell was there at around 1977 to 1979
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6th of March 2015 06:56 PM by jill dennington
My father just passed away.
I am looking for a lady called jill Simone Jeanie surname unknown.
She lived in a big white house in Ollerton Nottinghamshire. She took in my father and his two younger brothers. Unsure of name of house or home
Can anyone pls help.
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4th of March 2015 08:31 AM by vicky
i would like to find out where my mum was fostered throughout her childhood. she was born in 1953. her name was marjorie margaret mitchel. she was one of 10 children who were also placed in care. if anyone knows any inform please email me.
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28th of February 2015 11:48 PM by susan pickering website: http://facebook
I was in hessle homes hessle, Selworthy close Bransholme hull, Coldstream close longhill, spring cottage off ings road i think hull from 1970s to me leaving when i was nearly 16 anyone remember me or the homes ive been to see most of them but have closed now the best one was hessle homes my brother was there and we met 2 brothers who became friends with my brother
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28th of February 2015 06:19 PM by john bryant
hello i was in shenley field cottage homes i was there from 1958 to 1965 i was there with my 2 sisters which they was placed in another house as we could not stay together duz anybody out there remember me
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24th of February 2015 05:51 AM by Michael reed
Hi,hart sleep nursey,odium,Hampshire.i'm trying to trace relatives of residents of the area who fostered children out at the week-ends here in 1956-7.
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23rd of February 2015 11:55 PM by Michael reed
hi,does any one remember lady well nursey,London in 1953-1955,would love to know more,may be photos of the place,thanks.,
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23rd of February 2015 03:26 PM by valerie hardy
braybrook house was part of the cottage homes wednesfield it was the reception /home
you were assessed here and placed into one of the other cottages it later was the last one in use till the homes closed in 1977
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23rd of February 2015 04:07 AM by Anthony Featherstone (Tony)
I am looking for infromation from anyone who remembers me or my brother, as I believe we both stayed at the cottage homes during the 40s and/or 50s. Unfortunately I do not know the exact home's name.
Fingers crossed - Tony Featherstone Email:
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22nd of February 2015 01:12 PM by Ann Brine website:
My husband was adopted in about 1943. He was born at St Teresa's in Salford in 1941. We think he might have been transferred to Claughton Hall before his adoption. Is there any information about this place having been used as a "STOP-GAP" for children waiting for adoption and where will records be stored? Thank You.
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21st of February 2015 11:08 PM by Faye Jones
Hi we are looking for my Nans missing sister who we believe was in the cottage homes in fazakerley liverpool, my nan would have been Eileen Payne and she believes her sister was called Mary Payne, my Nan was born in 1939 and believes Mary was a few years older than her. My Nan thinks she was around 8 or 9 years old when she met Mary at the cottage homes and Mary was around 16 or 17 at this time so maybe around 1947. If you have any information at all please email me Thankyou
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21st of February 2015 05:37 PM by penelope lucas
i was in lane cottage childrens home walton on naze in the late 50s,anyone remember the willsher family
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20th of February 2015 11:45 PM by MICHAEL BETTS website:
was at southveiw what was part of erdington cottages homes i was at southview from 1970 to 1972 when in 1972 to 1980 i was sent to went number 8 glenedth the staff was pauline hawkins the head aunte rose aunte arm strong aunte lorrine aunte zita anute liderate . i still rember the childrens home only like i was there yesterday i can still see the dinning room leanding in to the kitchen then the long hall way from the front door to the toilets and bath room and the stairs lending to the girls and the boys dormentrees aunte pauline bedroom was in between the two main dormentrees in the bath room was a ba th and a shower in the line was about six bathroom sinks and next door was the toilets the was 4 toilets and the shoe cabinet was oppiste the toilets the kithchen floor was red bricks by the back door was a long brick shed oppisite was a boiler room and the back yard was long and wide with a big wooden fence seperateing the back yards we had a taxi party lucas party on formams road in sparkhill by coach we had the cross keys party at the cross keys pub in erdington on station road at the back the the cross keys was a big stage we had day trips our own wooden hut for weekend discos the church we went to every sunday and we had to go to church on christmas day befor we could open our christmas presents at the cottage homes i learnt to cycle on a chopper push bike what all the boy and girls at number 8 had to share the push bike beening in care was the best time of my life if i could turn back the time i will live my life agin at 8 clenedth we had our own playing feilds where we had a big swing called the wiches hat it was fun to be on and now new homes has been built on the playing fields if any staff who are working at number 8 please dont be scared to e mail me i be happy to talk about great
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20th of February 2015 08:06 PM by julie beardsworth website:
My father and his two siblings were in this facility cira 1926 for around 10 years. His place of birth unknown. I am trying to trace his family tree. If anyone could supply me with any information regarging entry register to the homes I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you
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19th of February 2015 02:50 PM by Angela baxter website:
I am looking into the history of my mother boRN in Hampstead Belize London in 1939 I know she was put in a care home and I know she knew Shirley Ann field who went to edgworth children's home my mothers name is Carol Ann Howe would be grateful for any information
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18th of February 2015 03:38 PM by Tracy Hodder
I am looking for my cousin John Fleming born 3rd May 1964 in Portsmouth Hampshire, I have been told that he went into The Cottage Homes but not sure where, I would love to get in touch with him.
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17th of February 2015 12:15 AM by Becky Deighton
I'm trying to locate details of Nor House in Bristol which was where some children from Downend went to after it closed. I can find no reference to it at all. Can anyone help please?
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16th of February 2015 08:44 PM by Maureen McKillican
Looking for info on the Victoria Orphanage, Shirland Road, Paddington or where I could find records for children who were in this facility

Maureen McKillican
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16th of February 2015 06:00 PM by JOHN BATSON website:
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16th of February 2015 05:50 PM by steven lee
i am looking for information about staff an children in cranbourne cottage home during the 1950/1960 s
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16th of February 2015 08:37 AM by Michael reed
Hi,I see your interested in nelson cottage,Dorking,I emailed my help to the link on here but the message came back on my iPad,can't conect to subscriber?
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15th of February 2015 10:59 PM by Jackie O'Connor website:
Hello I'm looking into my late mothers family history and have just found her father John Sumner born circa 1906 was in the School at Hartley Road, Nottingham according to census he was approx 4. Why were children out in here and where did they go as rumour has it he ended up in Canada? Any help/comments appreciated. Thank you
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15th of February 2015 08:47 PM by Michael reed website:
nelson and Hampton cottages,Surrey. was any one in there 1961 through the 1960s,would like to be in touch.also I have a lot of information today on these homes if you need help.
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14th of February 2015 05:01 PM by Nancy
My Grand Father was in a home called Middlemoore home I noticed the children all had ther pictures

Taken If so His name is James Gilbert Moore If you have a picture of him as a Child could I see it Thank You so Much Nancy
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13th of February 2015 12:08 PM by GAIL Friars website:
Hi I am looking for information on the old children's home that was Strawberry Field in Liverpool . I have found the usual photographs from the Internet of the old building but no more . I would be interested in the running of the home etc and any internal photographs..
Thank You
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12th of February 2015 05:10 PM by John Cowie website: http://email..
My mother was an inmate at the Princess Louise home for girls at Kingston upon Thames. Her name was Winifred Ann Steward she was there from about 1920 and left in mid 1929. Cannot find any of home records. but do have other information
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29th of January 2015 06:38 PM by keith summerscales
anybody else out there thatwas at shawbury school between 63 65
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27th of January 2015 08:56 PM by RH
I was brought up in a childrens home in counterthorpe in leicestershire. i was just wondering if the house i lived in as a child is still there
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25th of January 2015 05:48 PM by Mary Cassidy
I have tried to e mail many times after reading your message. I would really like to make contact on my husbands behalf. Not sure how to go about it ?
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21st of January 2015 05:10 PM by shirley
can any of the readers of this site give me any information of Hartley road childrens home in Nottingham in the 1940~50's ,my mum and her brothers and sister went into it got split up all avenues we go down inform us everything was burnt
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21st of January 2015 02:23 PM by liz(jane) hobbs website:
hi i am seeking info on homes think catholic for ilegitimate! babies in glos 1950s - i was in 1 in 10952 but no further info ..thanks liz i was known as jane hobbs .
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20th of January 2015 10:58 PM by Joy Allman
Trying to find information about Footherley home, Shenstone near Lichfield, date 1957.
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20th of January 2015 12:28 PM by Zoe Stallard
This is a message to Anne Willdridge I have tried to send you many emails but it will not send. Can you please send me a contact email address to Thanks
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18th of January 2015 05:15 AM by alec percy
would you know anything about violet bowden admited about 1917 until1925 at styal homes hope you may be able to help ilive in oregon usa
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16th of January 2015 02:22 PM by lorraine wilson
Looking for anyone that resided in fairlawn childrens home derby in 1989/90.
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15th of January 2015 06:55 PM by John goffin
I remember colne cottage in cromer when i was 5 years old when a Mr and Mrs wallace ran it with a copper stick.
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15th of January 2015 01:42 PM by Zoe Stallard
Hi I am trying to find out how I get access to some care files from Fazakerley Cottage homes. My friend Peter Hargreaves was put here when here was found in Liverpool in 1945. Peter's parents just left him by the hospital and he wasn't registered as a baby so we are trying to get him a birth certificate for a passport. We need to know who to write to for the records about his so called parents because he is only believed to be Peter Hargreaves and his parents are believed to be Anne Hargreaves. We are trying to get the records to try and get him records to prove to the registry office that he was found at the hospital and then put into the cottage home. I would be very grateful if anyone has any information about how I get the care records. I have been on the internet and read loads but still got nowhere. Please contact me on
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14th of January 2015 11:39 PM by Dick Stein
I have a general question. The parents of my ancestral family in Birmingham died in 1839 and 1841 leaving seven children. I have been able to trace most of the older children but not the two youngest aged 5 and 3. The family was not poor as the father (William) had been part owner of a brass foundry. However, the rest of the family appeared to shun William and his descendants became labourers living in back-to-backs. I searched the censuses, BMD indexes, Ancestry, Findmypast and everywhere I could think of. A problem is that the surname is very common.
Can anyone comment on the practices of the 1840's in Birmingham of dealing with orphans in the situation described above and suggest what records may be available. Thanks for any help.
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14th of January 2015 08:58 PM by Michael Pope (formally Michael Thake)
I am desperate to contact anyone who knows of or was in Woodstock Children's Home, Harold Wood, Essex.
I was in this home during the sixties and was quite content there. But I have hunted the internet for many years to try and find some reference to this place but have never found anything about it, it's like it never existed!
It was run by a lovely couple called Jack and Joan Papworth and had a mixed population of about 32 kids, ages ranging from about 8 - 15.
We went to different schools around the area, I along with a few others went to Redden Court SM School in Harold Wood.
I anyone can help, please contact me -
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13th of January 2015 04:27 AM by Alan Moore Parkinson website:
My name is Alan Moore Parkinson and I was living in Farningham in 1955
my mother Phyllis Alice Margret Parkinson was a house mother there ,
I am looking for anyone that may have been here or remember myself or my mother around that time
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11th of January 2015 09:02 PM by julie foster website:
l was in a childrens home in bamber bridge preston in the 1970s but l cant remember the name of the home l was about 7 years old and l was with my sister joan she was about 10 my sister wont talk about it so l hope someone can help our maiden name was Mc Guinness and we came from kirkby in liverpool l cant remember how long we was their for but l remember having a birthday their but not much more l also remember a boy called steven solloman not sure if its spellet like that if any one can remember us please can you send any information about the home. thank you
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11th of January 2015 07:14 PM by Mary Cassidy website:
Hi rinaldo, so pleased to read your message. Ian was there from 1942 to 1952. Left to find work in London.Was at Abbey Rd school. Sister Monica has a lot to answer for. Please e mail me.
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5th of January 2015 01:34 PM by Ann Marsham
Hello I was at st Vincent's in mill hill from 1958-63 with my 5brothers and sisters, Helen, Christine, Dermot, John and Katy carrot. Maiden name was Cullinane. I remember going to Dimchurch on holiday and blue Peter coming to visit. The girls were in Holy Angels and the boys were in Sorta House. Would love to hear from anyone there at the same time as me. I remember Norreen, Avril and Molly and lovely sister Veronica. Feel free to email me if you were there
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5th of January 2015 12:18 PM by Mike Sheridan
North Lancashire Reformatory (Bleasdale House). My 2x grandfather was 'staying' here for some time in 1901 aged 12. No records were kept and I have gathered what information there is available on the web. I am now just chancing my arm that someone might have some more information about the facility!
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5th of January 2015 12:11 PM by Mike Sheridan
Re post 351 I can only tell of the existence of two children's homes in Hessle;

Hesslewood House which which, in 1920, was purchased by the Hull Seamen’s and General Orphanage to provide accommodation for the orphan children of seafarers. The children visited the House in 1920 and the girls moved in January 1921 with the boys following in February. Some changes to the building were made but the main central block of the house remained intact and still is. However, the house proved costly to run and keep in good repair thus proving to be too expensive for the organisation and was closed in 1985. Hesslewood House is now a care home.

Hessle Cottage Homes were opened in 1897 on Hull Road, Hessle and were run as the children’s home of the Sculcoates Poor Law Union. They received ‘all children between the ages of 3 and 16 to whom the guardians grant Institutional Relief.’ Unfortunately records of residents have not survived. However, within the Hull History Centre there is a collection of letters relating to incidents at the homes, entitled Hessle Cottage Homes, at L.362.73 which can be accessed in the centre’s searchroom. It appears they closed prior to 1966