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Oct 30

News of Doreen after 55 years!

Posted on Tuesday 30th October 2012

In 1946 and at 17 years old, Frank decided to join the RAF. In doing so, he split up with his first girlfriend and first love, Doreen. 55 years later, Frank is now living in Australia but wanted help to trace Doreen's whereabouts so that he could get back in touch.

Firstly, the GRO birth index was searched to check whether Doreen had a second initial. No luck here, there were no entries for a Doreen born in the Halifax area in the 1920's.

Fortunately Frank had an address for Doreen in 1946, so the Wakefield Local Study Centre was contacted who hold the electoral rolls for the area and were asked to search for the names of the occupants at the address during the period 1946 to 1950.

This new information revealed that Frank actually had the incorrect spelling for Doreen's surname. A search of the GRO marriage index with the correct spelling revealed a marriage record for Doreen and a new married surname. This was followed up with a search of the online electoral roll, which listed Doreen and her husband but only up to 2002.

It now had to be assumed that Doreen had perhaps died so the GRO death index was used to confirm this and sadly this was the case; she had died in 2002. It now had to be established whether there were any children from this marriage.

Once again the GRO birth index was searched and revealed that Doreen and her husband had a son born in 1947 and a daughter born in 1955.

Back to the online people search, which resulted in finding both son and daughter. Once contacted, they were only too willing to contact Frank by e-mail in Australia and tell him about their Mum along with some photographs.

Although Frank was disappointed that he had left his search too late and that Doreen had sadly died, he was pleased to be put in touch with her children.

Another happy "Searcher" thanks to Peopletracer even though this had started as an almost impossible task.