Friday, 24 April 2015

U is for Unknowns

Don't you just love it when you can't find a mother for the child because the christening record only gives the father's name. Who had the baby?  A woman did of course but she's not even given a mention.
Then there are the ones where the father is unknown. Well there had to be a father but obviously he doesn't want to admit to being the father or the mother doesn't want him to have anything to do with the baby.
Sometimes in the UK National Archives you can find the father's name if the parish was wanting to have him pay maintenance. Look for bastardy papers.