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    1939 register. Searching for my uncle

    Please can someone help me solve this problem? My mother,who died in the 1970s, is on the 1939 register in Chichester although her family home was in south London and her parents and grandparents are in their house there at the time. If she was an evacuee this was never mentioned by my mother so it was a complete surprise to me. She was about 13 at the time and she had a little brother who was 5. He died in 2007 but I have not found him anywhere in the 1939 register. There are no closed records at the address where his parents were but there are two where my mother was living in Chichester - one above her in the list and one below her in the list. In the hope that the one below her was her little brother, I obtained his death certificate and requested through FindMyPast to have the record opened.

    That was about a month ago and I have heard nothing from them nor can I find out how to trace my request and check what date I sent it.

    Can anyone suggest what I should be doing next? I am new to internet research so I'm on a steep learning curve!
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    The 1939 Register was taken on 29th September 1939 with a view to the provision of identity cards.

    You have to bear in mind that any census is just a snapshot of where people spent that particular night and might not be their permanent address.
    Who was your mother with?
    Were they family members or strangers to you?

    She could have been on holiday or just staying a few days.
    I can understand you not wanting to put names on here, but if you don't want to you could send me a PM (private message) and I can see if I can find her brother.
    If he died in 2007 his record should be unlocked. Of course, a mistake could have been made.
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    She was with a young couple in their 20s and no one in my family recalls the names. Knowing her family background, a holiday without her family is very unlikely and it is surprising that the younger brother (my uncle) was not with his parents.

    Thank you you for offering to search for me but as a new forum member I would prefer not to share the names, especially as they are close relatives. Can you suggest another place that I could search? Or a different way of searching?
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    Oh, now I'm feeling really silly! I've just gone back to FMP to see if I could find my request and Lo and Behold! It has been unlocked and my uncle is there! I thought they would send some kind of email acknowledgement.

    So what next? Is there any way to find out if they were evacuees? They are both listed as At School so is there any way to find out more?
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    With regards to the 1939 register entry for your mother, what is recorded in the occupation column - "at school" or is there a job description? What date of birth is recorded for her - was she old enough to be working and in a residential placement?

    ETA posts have crossed!

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    Last edited by Janet in Yorkshire; 13-12-19 at 20:28.
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    They were aged 13 and 5 respectively. Perhaps their Mother felt that the big sister was old enough to look after the little brother. How difficult it must have been though, to put your children on a train not knowing where they would end up.
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    My Mum was in Cornwall in 1939, and she stayed with her Dads cousin, who was married (had a different name of course), and then soon after they lived with someone else as the cousin couldn't cope with 3 girls! My Mum wasn't an 'evacuee' in the sense of officialdom, but she and her 2 younger sisters were taken there by their Dad as soon as war was declared. My Mum was too old to get in the school at 13/14, but her 2 younger sisters got in.

    So just to illustrate what other things were happening.
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    Thank you for those useful thoughts. I will try and do some more research around the family and see if the host family name crops up anywhere else.

    I'm very grateful for all and any suggestions, it all helps with unlocking the secrets and completing the puzzle.
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    Do you know what school she attended before she was evacuated? The Chichester Observer is online at Find My Past and there may be a mention of schools. Having researched evacuees in my own town I know that certain schools were evacuated to particular areas but there were many private evacuees too.

    I've found the Chichester Mayor's Christmas parties programme 1939 for local & evacuated schools, Streatham Secondary and Wimbledon Secondary are mentioned, Furzedown Primary (Wandsworth), Henry Thornton school (Clapham), other schools may get a mention, happy to search for you.

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    Oh yes, I found my mother in the newspaper in a running race in Cornwall - they had the entire village sports day in the paper, she has such an unusual name I just know it is her, she has no memory of it though
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    Researching:Luggs, Freeman - Cornwall; Dayman, Hobbs, Heard - Devon
    Wilson, Miles - Northants; Brett, Everett, Clark, Allum - Herts/Essex
    Plant, Skinner - Lincs ....all moved to London
    Also interested in Proctor, Woodruff

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