posted on Dec, 17 2009 @ 10:39 AM
I'll raise. I got THREE governments, records being destroyed even about step/half-lines, and acknowledgement from the Catholic Church who also will
not give us information.
Even the secret services acknowledges they did have information, but its gone and they don't know why. From two governments.
The only year of home children records returned to the British government. Then destroyed. All census records from that time period where in a fire.
The half or step brother that I only knew about from interviewing people - even his merchant marine cards are the only series destroyed. The only
series. The ones before it are fine, the ones after it are fine. Just his group.
Catholic Church was going to open their records in a new program working with the LDS. We contacted them, they confirmed our records and then the
whole program suddenly shut down. We've been asked by family members who we barely know who are Catholic to stop looking.
Even the ship he was sent on is one of the only ones unnamed.
But I found a picture of him - unnamed, unmarked, undated, in a boy's home - in the National Archive. Only because I have an eye for facial features
and patterns. Even though there are no pictures of him as a chiild, and I never met him - I knew who he was as soon as I saw him standing there.
Like he was looking right at me personally from a scan of an old tin photo. (bit of fancy there)
Canadian records about him before adulthood all destroyed. US records about him destroyed. UK records about him, destroyed. Catholic records denied
access. Secret service records in two countries - missing. This isn't even all the things I've looked at. Just a smattering of potential
Less stubborn people than I and my father would have been dissuaded long ago from continuing to look. But I've run up other people's family
connections before - enough to know exactly how very very very odd the completeness of lack of records is - not that records are not often missing -
it is the scope of missing records and the way they are gone that is odd.
The merchant marine one for a half or step brother was a nice touch. 3 governments, the Catholic Church, and the secret service records I was willing
to go - this is really really wierd and marvel. But destroying records that might even possibly lead to him? That's special. Add it to the rest,
and the shape of it is fairly clear.