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Margaret Kiely, who was born in 1931 in Mallow, Ireland, came to Huntington, England, in 1948 and was working as a Canteen Assistance in a factory. Her mother was living in County Cork, Ireland, and her father had passed away. Margaret had a sister also living in Huntington. Margaret named her boyfriend as an American called Howard, and was said to have returned to America before my mum, Maureen Esther Keegan born Linda Mary, was born on the 4th of September 1952 in Hammer Lane, Grayshot, Hindhead, England. Margaret went to the Mother & Baby Home at Greyshot were my mum was born, and she stayed there until the 28th of November 1952, when she took my mum up to the nursery at Sheringham, Norfolk (this closed in 1974). Margaret stayed with my mum there and worked as a Nursery Nurse caring for the babies and hoping to be able to make a plan to keep my mum with her. However, Margaret wrote to Miss Fletcher, who was the social worker, early in December 1952 asking for the application forms for adoption because she was finding that she had no means of supporting herself with a baby. Margaret subsequently left the nursery at Sheringham and went back to Huntingdon, and all the adoption formalities were completed whilst she was living there. After that I have no further information of Margaret's movements. My mum, Maureen, sadly passed away last year and in spite of trying to find her mum, Margaret, was never able to. I hope to find my grandmother, Margaret, and the rest of my relatives and wish that I had been able to do this while my mum was still alive. I'm currently living in Free Derry. If anybody can help me, my brothers and sister find Margaret and the rest of our relatives we would be forever grateful. My name is Christian Stuart Keegan.

Christian Stuart Keegan

Sunday 19th Jun 2022, 01:08PM

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  • Christian:

    You may want to consider taking a DNA test. Possibly you will have matches which may provide you with clues regarding your grandmother.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Sunday 19th Jun 2022, 05:10PM
  • Christian,

    I believe this was the Assisi Mother and Baby Home.  You can read about getting records here: http://www.childrenshomes.org.uk/research/

    I hope this helps.

    Patricia

    Sunday 19th Jun 2022, 07:48PM
  • Thanks Roger, I may well considering taking a DNA test at somnepoint. Thanks so much, Patricia, I've just sent the Catholic Children's Society an email to see if they can help.

    Christian Stuart Keegan

    Sunday 26th Jun 2022, 04:41PM

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