Six word Saturday: family mystery about to be solved?

email from LHSA

After reading that the Lothian Health Services Archive held records for the Royal Maternity Hospital, I emailed a request for access to the records of my great, grand aunt who died there shortly after giving birth.  This archive is a wonderful resource for anyone who has had ancestors treated at the many hospitals and other medical facilities in the Lothian area.

I love Lothian Health Services Archive

Note:

Lothian Health Services Archive

… holds the historically important local records of NHS hospitals and other health-related material. We collect, preserve and catalogue these records and promote them to increase understanding of the history of health and for the benefit of all. (LHSA website)

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12 thoughts on “Six word Saturday: family mystery about to be solved?

    • Thank you Doda. I am also very impressed by how efficient and also helpful the LHSA are; so much better than my dealings with the National Archives in the UK.

    • Isn’t it. The archive is located within the University of Edinburgh, and seems to be very well managed and resourced. I’m so happy to be making progress on this story.

    • No; it really is quite tragic. I don’t know if her baby lived or died yet – I tried to find a birth certificate when I first heard the story, but with no success. What the records from LHSA show is that she was in a home for unmarried mothers; I know that it was probably common practice, but I feel terribly sad for her, especially as I know other members of her family became pregnant out of wedlock. I would like to know why she was unable to marry the father – as her siblings and cousins did when the same thing happened to them!

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