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Foundling Births

Discussion in 'Search tips - discussion' started by Jan, Feb 21, 2019.

  1. Jan

    Jan LostCousins Member

    Is there any way of finding a birth entry for a foundling birth?
    I know the year and area where is might have happened but obviously no name.
    Any help much appreciated.
  2. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    There's no magic solution - you have to use much the same techniques you would in any other case where you don't know the name of the individual.

    But.... bear in mind that foundlings were often given names that reflected the place where they were found (or sometimes the person who found them).

    And, of course, birth registrations for foundlings won't show a mother or father, so there won't be a maiden name.
  3. Jan

    Jan LostCousins Member

    Thank you Peter.
    It is as I thought!
    I have found 93 births for the year and location so will go to Register House in Edinburgh and trawl through them asap!
  4. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    The answer I gave was based on my knowledge of what happens in England - it might be different in Scotland.

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