I'm not sure if this research tool has previously been put to the
group, but i thought i would share it for those who think a relative
may have come to England, remained here and has not been traced.
I recently traced a 'lost' uncle, who it was believed may have come
to England, through the 1837 online.com website. It is now known as
Findmypast.com and can be accessed on this link ...
It's not very time consuming and you will definately find a relative
if they died or were married in the UK between 1946 - 1983.
The website is very easy to navigate. Alphabetical lists of the
selected names are given for quartely periods for each year and it
is just a case of looking at each quarter. It costs 10p(one unit) to
look at each quarter and units can be bought in multiples of 50 for
£5. It would cost only £15 to search deaths (and £15 for marriages)
from 1946-1983 and would take less than two hours. Once found, you
can then apply for a copy (£7 each)of their death/marriage
certificate by following the links. Once you have the certificate
you can then make further investigations from the information
provided on it.
Tip; when looking at the pages scroll right to the bottom of each
page as some names were added in handwriting at the bottom of the
The uncle I found was admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Kent
along with 19 other Polish soldiers on 20th February 1948 and he
sadly died, still there, in 1981. So recent and I never knew he was
there! His Service Record from the APC Polish Enquiries section of
the MoD confirmed he came to England and was admitted to the
hospital. I then looked through the death records on the above
website in the hope of finding something. It cost me less than £15
and 1 hour of my time!
Hope this will be of help to someone. It paid off for me.