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Identifying the father of an illegitimate child

An illegitimate birth may be a 'dead end' in genealogy, but family historians can sometimes identify the child's biological father using various sources in Archives and elsewhere.

Names listed below came from many series of records, some more detailed than others. In many cases the document gives the place of residence of the child's mother, and the putative father's name and place of residence. Some records give his occupation, age, nationality or place of origin, a detailed physical description or a photograph, or clues that will lead to police, Court or prison records.

Most archival documents that identify the father of an illegitimate child will give the name of the child's mother. It is less common for the child's name to be mentioned. Check the list below to see whether it includes the name of the child you are researching, or the child's MOTHER. If it does not:

  1. Watch for more names to be added as indexing progresses.
  2. See my mini-guide 'Researching Illegitimate Children' for advice on research strategies, a long list of sources that may name the putative father, and an explanation of how to find illegitimate births that are registered under multiple surnames.

Explanation of names below:

  • Some of the women were overseas, but most lived in Australia.
  • For each woman listed below, an archival source names the FATHER of her illegitimate child.
  • Children have [child] after their name, and an archival source names the child's FATHER.
  • Names are from fourteen (14) different record series (twelve of which are at Qld State Archives).
  • Names are from various dates between 1858 and 1948.
  • This is an ongoing indexing project, with many names yet to be added (click this button to be notified):

  • Scroll through the list. Many names were spelled incorrectly in the records.
  • Names beginning with 'Mc' precede other 'M' surnames.
  • Apostrophes have been removed from names such as O'DONNELL.
  • In an entry such as 'SIMPSON .. (daughter of Mary SIMPSON)', the record does not specify the illegitimate child's mother's given name, but Mary SIMPSON is the child's grandmother.
  • If there are several entries for a name, investigate them all. There may be several sources with different information about the same woman.
  • For names below, you can obtain copies of the original records (this link leads to instructions).
  • See also 'Other suggestions' (below 'Copying Service').

List of names

ABSOLON Ruby Gertrude
ADAM Amelia
ADAM Arthur [child]
ADAMS Annie Elizabeth
ADAMS Arthur [child]
ADAMS Lily Florence
ADAMS Mary Agnes
ADDICOTT Jessie May
AFFLECK Jane
AFFOO Elizabeth
AHERN Charlotte
ALEXANDER Agnes
ALLAN .. (Mrs)
ALLEY Maria
ANDERSEN Charlotte
ANDERSON Amelia [child]
ANDERSON Ann
ANDERSON Florence M
ANDERSON Lizzie
ANDERSON Lizzie
ANDREWS Louisa
ANGOOD Ethel Harriet
ARMSTRONG Fanny
ARNOLD Matilda A A
ARTHUR Alice
ASHBY Eliza Jane (see GOLDBOLD)
ASHMAN Ellen (see PARFITT)
ASHTON Martha
ASKEW Winifred Maud
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BAILEY Ada
BAILEY Ada
BAKER Ann
BAKER Annie
BAKER Mary
BAKER Mary
BALDERSON Elizabeth Ann
BARNES Emma Maud
BARNES Isabel Sarah
BARR Alice
BARRETT Mary
BARRY Cyril [child]
BARRY Sarah
BARTER Rose
BARTLETT Blanche Amy
BASSETT Ada
BASWELL Margaret
BATTERSHELL Emily Elizabeth
BATTERSHILL Violet
BAXTER Kate
BEESLEY Henrietta Matilda
BELL Elizabeth
BENDALL Violet May
BENNETT Lilly
BERGAN Grace
BERGHOFFER Ellen Eleanor
BERRIE Bessie (see BERRIE Jessie)
BERRIE Jessie
BERRYMAN Emma
BERRYMAN Emma
BEST .. (Mrs R)
BEVERIDGE Florence Mary
BICKOFF Edith M
BIGGS Dorcas
BISHOP Margaret
BISS Violet Evelyn
BISS Walter Fred [child]
BLACK Maggie
BLACKER Florence Georgina
BOCK Anne
BOGUE Charlotte
BOLDERSON Elizabeth Ann
BONAR Agnes
BONSER Ada
BOOTER Sarah Elizabeth
BOURKE Bridget
BOURKE Catherine
BOWALER Ellen ?
BOWDLER Ellen ?
BOYD Louisa
BOYD Mabel Jane
BRADLEY Julia
BRADY Alice
BRADY Ann
BRADY Frances E [child]
BRADY Francis [child of Ann(e) - see Frances E BRADY]
BRAUN Henrietta
BRAYE Elsie
BRENDEL Irene Ida
BRIDGES Edith May
BROLAN Mary
BROOK Bessie
BROOK Viola Berrie (see Viola Bessie BROOK)
BROOK Viola Bessie
BROWN Annie
BROWN Bridget
BROWN Islett May
BROWN Kate
BROWN Marion
BROWN Mary
BROWN Rose
BROWN Rose
BROWN Ruth
BROWN Sarah Ann
BROWNE Violet
BRYCE Catherine
BRYCE Isabella
BUCHANAN James [child]
BUCHANAN Margaret
BUCKLAND Mary
BULFIN Bridget
BULFIN Bridget
BULLOCK Erick John [child]
BULLOCK May
BURMEISTER Annie
BURNS Florence
BUTCHER Emily
BUTLER Agnes Ellen
BUTTERWORTH Sarah Alice
BYE Mabel
BYRNE Kevin [child]
BYRNE Marie
BYTHEWAY Daisy Bird [child]
BYTHEWAY Sarah Gertrude
BYWATERS Edith Mary
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CAGNEY Mary Ellen
CAIRNS Lottie
CALLAN Kate
CAMERON Cissie Elizabeth
CAMPBELL Mary Jane
CAMPBELL Maud
CAMPS Lucy ? (see Lucy LAWRENCE)
CANN Maud
CANNA Elizabeth
CANNALL Maud
CARBURRY Margaret Jane
CARBURY Maria
CAREN Margaret
CAREY Mary
CARROLL Ellen
CARTER Ellen
CARTWRIGHT Kathleen Rodgers [child]
CASELOW Wilhelmina
CASEY Cathleen
CASEY Lucy
CASEY May
CASSELS Eileen Martha
CASSON Sarah
CAULFIELD .. (in NSW c.1898)
CAVANAGH Annie
CAVANAGH Annie Elizabeth ?
CAVANAGH Arthur Daniel [child]
CHAPMAN Emma
CHAPMAN Hilda Mary
CHAPMAN Sarah
CHARLESTON Amy Pearl May
CHARLTON Annie (Mrs)
CHASE Mona
CHILDERLEY Ivy Myrtle [child]
CHILDERLEY William James [child]
CHRISTENSEN .. (daughter of Neils CHRISTENSEN)
CLAMPITT Phillis Alele
CLANAHAN Jessie
CLANCY Esther
CLARK Mary Alice
CLARKE Agnes
CLARKE Albert William [child]
CLARKE Alice May
CLARKE Elizabeth
CLARKE Frances
CLARKE Grace
CLARKE Isabella
CLARKE Margaret
CLARKE Mary A
CLARKSON Margaret
CLARSON Mary Alice Ann
CLEGG Tamar
COCHRANE Eliza J
COCHRANE Mary Stark
COCKING Maria
COCKSEDGE Angley
COGHLAN Alice
COLAHAN Mercie Mary
COLBY Ada
COLLING Mary Jane
COLLINS Elizabeth
COLLINS Ernest Frank [child]
COLLINS Julia
COLLINS Maria
CONLON John McManus [child]
CONNELL Honorah Maria
CONNELL Mary Ellen
CONNELLY Eilen
CONNOR Edith [child]
CONNOR John Edward [child]
CONNOR Kathleen
CONNOR Susannah [child]
CONNORS Mary
CONRY Annie
CONSTANCE Annie
COOKE Cyrilla M E
COOPER Beatrice
COOPER Violet M M [child]
CORBETT Bridget Eliza
CORBETT Rose
CORNEY Jessie Matilda
CORNEY Violet
COULTHARD Alice
COURTNEY Ada
COUSER Evelyn
COX Mary Jane
CRANING Maud
CRAWFORD Janet
CRAWFORD Olive Wheeler [child]
CREED Ethel
CREED Ethel Lily
CROCKER Louisa
CROMPTON Annie
CROMPTON Elizabeth Mary
CROMPTON Mary Ann
CRONE Jane
CROSSAN Margaret Jane
CROWLEY .. (daughter of Matthew CROWLEY)
CRUMMY Mary Jane
CULLEN Anne
CUNNINGHAM Helen Isabella Beatrice
CUNNINGHAM Robinson Russell [child]
CUNNINGHAM Sarah
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DAHTLER Allan Thomas [child]
DAHTLER Rosina
DAHTLER Sophia
DALE Margaret
DAMIANOVITCH Marianna
DAMINOVEITCH Marianna
DANIELS Maud
DART Elizabeth Ann
DAVEY Kate
DAVIDSON Emma Lawson
DAVIE John Henry Clarence [child]
DAVIES .. (Miss)
DAVIS Hannah
DAVIS Minnie Theresa
DAVIS Rosa
DAY Lilian Rose
DAY Lizzie
DEERING Janie
DEMICK Louisa
DERWIN Minnie Elizabeth
DEVINEY Annie
DIBLEY Ethel May
DIGNAM Athol Lawrence [child]
DILLON Kathleen
DIXON Ada
DOBIKIN Margaret
DOBIKIN Mary Anne [child]
DOBSON Ellen Jane
DOHERTY Mary Kate
DOLAN Margaret
DONIGAN Maria
DONISCH Magdalene
DONNELLY Bridget
DONNELLY John [child]
DONNELLY May
DOOLAN Catherine Rosannah
DORAN Alice Charlotte
DOUCH Margaret
DOUGLASS A
DOWNING Mary
DOWSE Ellen May
DOXEY Sophia Jane
DRAPER Daisy Ethel May
DREW Ada Ann
DRISCOLL Catherine A
DUNBAR George [child]
DUNCAN Hilda Florence
DUNLOP Eileen
DURBRIDGE Alfred William
DURBRIDGE Frederick Douglas
DURBRIDGE Stanley John
DURHAM Lily
DYER Maud
DYER Maud Ellen
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EARDMAN Elizabeth Cecelia
EDGE Ann
EDGE Daisy
EDSER Lily Jane
EDWARDS Pearl
EGAN Jessie
ELFVERSON Elizabeth
ELFVERSON Roy Edward [child]
ENGLISH Mary
EVANS Josephine
EVANS Maria
EVANSON Annie
EVETTS Janet
EYRES Mary Ann
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FAHEY Mary O
FAME Letitia
FAULDER Doris Clarette
FERGUSON Mary
FERGUSON Nellie
FIELD Bertha
FIELD Emily
FINLAY Elizabeth
FITZMORRIS Margaret [child]
FITZPATRICK Margaret
FLANERY Louisa ?
FLANNIGAN Margaret
FLETCHER Maud
FLYNN Kate
FLYNN May
FORD Charlotte
FOSTER Elizabeth
FOSTER Margaret Catherine
FOUNTAIN Annie
FRAHER Ciss
FRANCIS Catherine Ellen
FRANCIS Rhoda Jane
FRANK Winifred
FREEMAN Jane Johanna
FRENCH Elizabeth Esther
FRENCH Lillian Maud
FRITH Emily
FRITH Fanny
FRITH Louisa
FRY Barbara
FRY Margaret
FYFE Margaret
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GADSBY Amelia
GALLAGHER Charles [child]
GALLAGHER Mary
GALVIN Eliza Frances
GANZER Charlotte
GARDINER Martha
GARDINER Myrtle Amy [child]
GAREGHTY Maria
GARLOCK Rosa F
GARRARD Emma
GARRARD William C [child]
GEARY Elizabeth
GENNINGS Charlotte
GEORGE Florence Helena
GIBSON Dorothy Edith
GIBSON Ethel May
GIDDY Mary
GLEESON Hannorah
GOLDBOLD Eliza Jane
GOLDENSTEIN Caroline
GOODA Lily Eliza
GORDON Eileen May
GORE Beatrice
GORLICK Hilda Matilda
GOSS B
GOUGH Amelia Maud
GOUGH Thomas Erskine
GOW Ivy
GRACE Nina
GRAHAM Catherine Ellen
GRAHAM Constance
GRAHAM Eden
GRANT Ethel
GRANT Frances E
GRAVES Elizabeth (see GREAVES)
GREASBACH Margaret ? (see Margaret BUCHANAN)
GREAVES Elizabeth
GREEK Theresa Angelina Alice
GREEN Ada Sophia
GREEN Henrietta Sarah
GREEN Kathleen
GREEN Mary
GRICE Alice Mary
GRIEVE Laura
GRIFFEN Maud
GROGAN Kathleen Lucy
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HAGUE Elizabeth
HAHN Amelia
HAHN Ottilia Amelia (see HAHN Amelia)
HALL Beatrice Maud
HALL Violet May
HALLORAN Norah
HALLS Annie
HAMANN Adelaide
HAMILL Mary Elizabeth Ann
HAND Jessie
HANLEY Ellen
HANNAFORD Caroline
HANNIFEY Margaret
HANSON Catherine
HAOLOW Hannah ? (see HARLOW Hannah)
HARGAN Raymond Francis Leslie [child]
HARLOW Annie
HARLOW Hannah
HARPER Annie
HARRIES Ellen Mary Henrietta
HARRIES Rita Gwendoline [child]
HARRIS Ada
HARRIS Annie Elizabeth [child]
HARRIS Epreicene
HARRIS James Herbert [child]
HARRIS Mary
HARVEY Maria
HAUGHTON Jane
HAYDEN Mary
HAYES Alice
HAYES Phoebey
HEARD Lydia M
HEBERMAN Agnes
HEFFERNON Mary
HEHRMANN Elizabeth
HEID Louisa
HEMPENSTALL Kathleen
HENNESSY Lily
HENNESSY Nellie
HERDING Myrtle
HICKS Sybil [child]
HIDE Lillian Edith
HIGGINS Mary Ellen
HILL Annie
HILL Ruby Violet
HILL Sarah
HILL William Victor [child]
HILLIER Emily Mary
HIMSTEDT Douglas Roy [child]
HINCH Teckla
HINDS Theresa
HINE Violet Isabella
HOARE Lily
HOBBS Agnes Matilda
HOCKINGS Emily
HODKINSON Emilie
HOEFLER Bernhardina
HOFF Elizabeth
HOGARTH Robina (see Robina VINCE)
HOLDSWORTH Rose
HOLLINGSWORTH Nellie
HOLLOWAY Lily Elizabeth
HONG Beatrice May
HORNS Annie Dorothy
HORT Clara
HOUGH Nellie Maud
HOUGHTON Eva Harriet
HOUGHTON Evelyn Mary [child]
HOUGHTON Isabella
HOWELL Kate
HOWER Lucy
HOYLE Emma A
HUGHES Ilean ?
HUGHES Margaret
HUGHES Margaret
HUGHES Olive
HUNTLY Emma
HURD E (Mrs)
HUTCHISON Maud Mary (see JOHNSON Maud Mary)
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IDDLES Sarah E
INGRAM Sophia
IRVINE Emily
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JACKSON Eva
JACKSON Florence Estelle
JACKSON Marjorie [child]
JACKSON Mary Ellen
JACOBS Catherine
JACOBSON Margaret
JAMIESON Agnes
JAMIESON Elsie
JEFFRIE Florence May
JESBERG Kate
JESSOP .. (daughter of S. JESSOP)
JESSOP Frances G
JOHNSON Annie Elizabeth
JOHNSON Charlotte
JOHNSON Eleanor Frances Godschal
JOHNSON Ethel Elsie
JOHNSON Florence Violet
JOHNSON Maud Mary (later HUTCHISON)
JOHNSON William [child]
JOHNSON Alice
JOHNSTON Jessie
JOHNSTONE Jessie
JONES Arthur [child]
JONES Hilda
JONES Jane (of Victoria)
JONES Mary Cecilia
JONES Ruby Pearl
JORGENSEN Maria
JOST Kate
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KACHEL Minnie Amelia
KAHL Frederick George [child]
KAHL Kate
KAST Elizabeth
KEAM Elsie
KEATES Doris May [child]
KEEGAN May
KELLAWAY Susan
KELLY .. (daughter of Mrs A. KELLY)
KELLY .. [child; at Stanthorpe]
KELLY Bridget
KELLY Delia
KELLY Kathleen
KELLY Margaret
KELLY Sarah
KELLY Sarah
KENEALLY Honorah (see Honora KENNEALLY)
KENMAN Jessie
KENNA Anna Margaret
KENNEALLY Honora
KENNEDY Agnes
KENNEDY Clara Madeline [child]
KENNEDY Maggie
KENNEDY May
KERCHINER Dora
KERR Maria Margaret
KERR Mary
KETSCHMANN Elizabeth
KING Annie
KINNON Ellen Rebecca
KIRBY Agnes Alice
KLUCK Agnes
KLUVEN Frederika
KNIGHT Bertha Crowdy [child]
KNIGHT Dorothy Beryl [child]
KNIGHT Etty Louisa
KNIGHT Hester
KOLAN Theresa
KRAUSER Emily
KRIEGER Ellen
KRIEGER Ellen
KUGSER Louisa
KUNST Selina
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LACY Louisa Emma
LAMBERT Rosamond
LANDRIGAN Catherine
LANE Alice
LARASSEY Kate
LARK Sophia
LATHAM Pearlie
LAU Annie
LAUCHLAN Agnes Mary
LAWLOR Irene
LAWRENCE Lucy
LAYCOCK Annie (Mrs)
LAYTON Mary
LE BAS Lily
LEE Elizabeth
LEE Elizabeth (Mrs)
LENNARD Emily
LENNERGAN Bridget
LETTE Lydia Filester
LEVIP Martha
LIND Gladys Emma
LINDQUIST Frederick John [child]
LINWOOD Gladys Maud
LIVINGSTONE Elizabeth
LOUCH Ellen Maria
LOYAL Beatrice
LUSCOMBE Emma
LUTH Susan
LYNCH Agnes
LYNCH Annie
LYNCH Marion Elizabeth
LYNE Kathleen
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McALISTER Emily
McALLISTER Winifred
McBURNEY Mary
McCALL Margaret
McCARTHY Clara
McCLEFTY Agnes
McDERMOTT Lillian Maud
McDONALD Anne
McDONALD Florence
McDONALD Ruby May
McDOUGALL Florence
McDOUGALL Ivy Ellen
McEWAN Mary
McFARLANE Ellen
McFARLANE Lillian Edith
McGARVA Maggie Jane (living in Scotland)
McGOWAN Alice Elizabeth
McGRATH Annie Hellena
McGRATH Eva
McGREGOR Alice
McGRORY Irene Mary
McGUIRE Mary
McILLWRICK Lillian
McILROY Florence
McKECHNIE Jessie
McKENZIE Martha
McKEOWN Alice
McLAUGHLIN Ellen Edith
McMAHON Catherine
McMILLAN Margaret J
McMULKIN Matilda Ellen
McPHERSON May
McSHANE Mary
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MACKAY Jane Ada Gertrude [child]
MACKAY Margaret
MACPHERSON Harriet Villieveine Priscilla
MACPHERSON Lily [child]
MADDICK Louisa
MAHER Delia
MALLEY Anne
MALONEY Agnes
MALONEY Agnes
MANNING Bessie Harrington [child]
MANNING Jane Hannah ?
MANNING Mary
MANSKI Mary
MAQUIRE Bridget
MARA Sarah
MARKWELL Florence
MARSH Esmie
MARSHALL Elsie Margaret
MARSHALL Mary Margaret
MARTELL Mary
MARTIN Alice
MARTIN Alice
MARTIN Ethel
MARTIN Margaret
MARTIN May Josephine
MARTYN Mary Jane
MASON Annie
MASON Emily Annie
MASSAM .. ? (daughter of Mrs Max MASSAM)
MATTHEWS Mary (of Manilla NSW)
MAY Jean Barbara
MAYES Jean [child]
MAYNE Mary
MELLOR Jessie E
MEMMOTT Emily
MESSENGER Lilian Rose (see DAY)
MILHAM Lily
MILLAR Grace
MILLER Lena A
MILLIN Elizabeth Ann
MILLS Elizabeth Gertrude
MILNER Annie Elizabeth
MINORE Mary
MITCHELL Theresa
MODINI Eva ?
MOLLOY Bridget May
MOORCROFT Lily
MOORE Mary
MOORE Mary
MOORE Minnie
MOORES Lily
MORAN Delia
MORGAN Mervyn George [child]
MORGAN Millie
MORRIS Maud
MORRISSEY Mary (see MORRISSY)
MORRISSY Mary
MORROW Lillian Holland
MOUNTFORD Stella
MUGGRIDGE Emily
MULCAHY Alice
MULHERON Beatrice May
MULLINS Annie
MUNDT Minnie
MUNDT Valma [child]
MURPHY Annie
MURPHY Florence
MURPHY Mona Annie
MURPHY Rose
MURRAY Catherine
MURTAGH Kate
MYERS Margaret [child]
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NEARY Frances Margaret
NEILSEN Christina
NEILSON Christina (see NEILSEN)
NETHERSOLE Mary Louisa
NEW Jane
NEWMAN Minnie Wilhelmina
NEWSON C
NEWTON Eliza Jane
NISSEN Catherine
NIXON Ada
NIXON Ada Louise
NIXON Claude Frederick [child]
NIXON Neta
NIXON Thelma Evelyn [child]
NOBLE John J [child]
NOBLE Susan
NOLAN Alma Mary [child]
NOLAN Annie
NOLAN Margaret Josephine
NOTHDURFT Ethel Amelia
NUNN Lilian
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OBRIEN Jane
OBRIEN Margaret Mary
OCONNELL Mary
ODEA Veronica Abdy
ODONNELL Eileen Enorah
ODONNELL Kathleen
OKEEFE Elizabeth Margaret
OKEEFE Mary
OKEEFFE Mary (see OKEEFE)
OLDMAN Edith
OLOUGHLIN Gloria [child]
OLSEN Florence
ONEMAN E
OREILLY Christina
OSHEA Catherine
OSULLIVAN Margaret
OSWIN Florence
OTT Mabel R [child]
OUTRAM Emma
OVEREND Alexandra May
OWENS N W
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PANG Rose
PARFITT Ellen Ashman
PARK Hannah
PARKER Elizabeth (Mrs)
PARRMAN Margaret
PARSONS Emily
PASCO Emily
PATTERSON Gertrude
PATTISON Ada
PAYNE Edward [child]
PAYNE Emma Ellen
PAYNE Evelyn Daisy
PAYNE Florence
PEACOCK Sarah Jane
PEARCE Charlotte P A
PEARSON Laura Lavinia
PEGG Emma A
PEICK Minnie
PEITZNER Emma L
PELLOW M
PENNELL Elizabeth Ann
PERINA Isabella Ruth
PERKINS Annie
PERKINS Ellen Catherine
PERSHOUSE Selina Rose
PETERS Ethel
PETERS Mary Jane
PETERSEN Amelia
PETERSEN Maria Martha
PETERSEN Martha Matilda
PETERSON Maria Martha (see Maria Martha PETERSEN)
PETTINGER Annie
PFAN Mary
PFINGST Annie
PICKERING Ivy
PICKERING Stella
PIGGOTT Emily
PITT Elizabeth
PLUMB Louisa
PLUNKETT Lillian May
POLLINELLI Elizabeth Ann
POLMEER Isabelle
POMFRET Edith
POMFRIT Edith (see POMFRET)
POPE Charlotte Ann
PORTER Ivy J
POWELL Martha E P
POWELL Matilda
POWELL Pansy May
PRATT Teresa
PRESTON Alice
PRICE Mary
PRINGLE Iris Kate
PROBERT Elizabeth
PUDDICOMBE Ann Winsor
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QUAILL Maud
QUIGLEY Thomas S F [child]
QUINLAN Annie
QUINLIVAN Rebecca Catherine Bourke
QUINN Ann
QUINN Martha
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RAINBIRD Susan
RALPH Selina
RAMAGE Mary
RAMSAY Elizabeth
RANCHLE Elizabeth
RANCHLE Wilhelmina
REDSELL Ernestine
REEVES James William [child]
REEVES Lucretia
REID Mary Jane
REIMERS Phyllis
REMANOUS Hannah Maud
REYNOLDS Annie
RHODE Susannah
RICHARDS Annie
RICHMAN Ivy ?
RICHMOND Emma Louisa
RIDGWAY Annie May
RIDGWAY Myrtle Amy ? (see Myrtle Amy GARDINER)
RIGNEY Annie
RITCHER Ivy
ROBERTS Dottie (see Lottie ROBERTS)
ROBERTS Edith Gertrude
ROBERTS James William Gibbards [child]
ROBERTS Jessie
ROBERTS Lottie
ROBERTSON Janet
ROBERTSON Matilda
ROBINSON Ada Ann
ROBINSON Ann
ROBINSON Mary Ann
ROBINSON Victoria Ann Cullen [child]
ROHE Margaretha
ROOTS Esther
ROSENLUND Gerty Olga [child]
ROSENLUND Grete Jorgine Lauritzen
ROSENLUND Mary Adeline [child]
ROSS Davidina
ROSSNER Margaret
ROUCK Minnie
ROWE Eva Mary
ROWE Fanny
RUDHALL Violet
RUSS Ellen
RUSSELL Catherine
RUSSELL Ellen Elizabeth
RUSSELL Margaret
RUSSELL Maude Julia
RYAN Mary (in NSW)
RYAN Mary (in QLD)
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SABBO Elizabeth
SACKLEY Edith
SACKLEY Katherine Ann
SALLOTTI .. (daughter of Mrs H. SALLOTTI)
SALWAY Ethel May
SAWYER Lucy
SAXBY Eleanor ? [child - see Ellen SAXBY]
SAXBY Ellen [child]
SAXBY Sarah
SCANLAN Catherine
SCHINKEL Iris
SCHIRMER Josephine M K
SCHLECHT Rosa
SCHMIDT Annie
SCHMIDT Helen Mary Ann
SCHMIDT Martha
SCHNEIDER Sophia Eliza
SCHNIDER Augusta Elizabeth
SCHOFIELD May
SCHUMAKER Annie
SCOTT Clancy William [child]
SCOTT Hettie Wellington Rundle ?
SCULLY Eveline Clare
SEALEY Alice
SEATER Nellie
SEEHARS Annie
SHAKESPEAR Margaret
SHALLCROSS ..
SHANNON Anne
SHARKEY Jane
SHARKEY Mary Ann [child]
SHARP Ida Adelaide
SHARP Mabel
SHARPE Mary
SHERGOLD Mary Ann
SHERIDAN Ethel Delia
SILLKE Augusta
SIM Alexandra (see SIMS)
SIM Isabella
SIMMONDS Eliza
SIMPKINS Ruth Susan
SIMPSON .. (daughter of Mary SIMPSON)
SIMS Alexandra
SKAIFE Elizabeth
SLATTER Jessie
SMAIL Kate
SMITH Alice
SMITH Annie
SMITH Catherine
SMITH Daphne
SMITH Dorothy May
SMITH Elizabeth
SMITH Elsie
SMITH Gwendoline Joyce
SMITH Hannah Elizabeth
SMITH Hilda May
SMITH Mabel B C
SMITH Margaret Josephine
SMITH Sarah Elizabeth
SMITH Sydney Emanuel [child]
SMITH William [child]
SMITH Winifred
SMYTH May
SNEDDON Lillian
SOMERVILLE Elizabeth Jane
SOMMERVILLE .. (Miss; see Elizabeth Jane SOMERVILLE)
SPARKSMAN Lucy
SPEARING Louisa
SPIES Bertha
SPILLER Rebecca
SPOWART Ruby
SQUIRE Edith
STAFFORD Gladys May
STALLMAN Ellen Annie
STANLEY Mary Ann
STANLEY Mary Ann [child]
STAPLES Frances
STAPLES Percival [child]
STAPLETON Ruby
STARK Helena Augusta
STEEN Violet
STEPHENS Catherine Josephine
STEVENS Elizabeth (her child Kate was born in Exeter)
STEVENS Kate [child; b.1865 Exeter]
STEVENSON Catherine
STEWART Eliza Jane
STEWART Frances
STEWART Johanna
STEWART Julia Christina [child]
STEWART Sarah Ann
STOCKILL Alice Maud Mary
STOKES Ellen Jane
STUMER Emilia
SUE SANG Theresa
SURCH Annie
SWEE SANG Theresa (see SUE SANG)
SWEENEY Daisy
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TAPP Mary Ann
TAYLOR Annie Elizabeth
TESSMAN Mary
THAKE Charlotte Ann
THOMAS Mary Anne Eliza
THOMPSON Elizabeth
THOMPSON Mary Jane
THORBURN Agnes
TIERNEY Bridget Frances
TIGHE Amy
TILNEY Martha Annie
TOMS Alice E [child]
TOMS Keith [child]
TOOHEY Ellen
TOOHEY Ellen [child]
TOOHILL Agnes
TOOLEY Minnie
TOWN Mabel
TOWNSEND Emma Jane
TRANTER Elizabeth Ann
TRIESHMAN Sophia
TRIMBLE Louisa
TRINDER Alice
TRONC Dorothea
TURNER Lily May
TUSSLER Annie Eileen
TWIDALE .. (daughter of T. TWIDALE)
TYNAN Phyllis
TYNAN Valerie Joyce [child]
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UNDERWOOD .. (daughter of Mrs Mary UNDERWOOD)
UNDERWOOD Irene
URQUHART Harriet
USHER .. (daughter of John)
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VAUGHAN Anastasia
VINCE Robina (nee HOGARTH)
VOGEL Bertha Amanda ?
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WAGNER Martha
WAINWRIGHT Emma
WALDEN Agnes Elizabeth
WALDERSEE Bertha
WALDON Lily
WALKER Adelaide
WALKER Jean Wallace
WALKER Margaret Rosalie
WALKER Mary Jane
WALKER Susan H
WALKER Winifred Evelyn
WALLACE Cecil Alexander [child]
WALLACE Lillian May
WALLACE Raymond Francis [child]
WALTER Elsie
WARBURTON Doris Clarette
WARBURTON Walter Ernest [child]
WARBY Edith Florence
WARD Amy
WARE Agnes [child]
WARE Emma ?
WATSON Ethel Edith
WATSON Sarah E
WEAVER Maud
WEBB Elizabeth Delia
WEIR Colleen Mary [child]
WEIR Emily
WEIR Isabella
WEISE Sarah H
WEISS Agnes
WELDON Ivy Ann
WELLS Doreen Mavis [child]
WELLS Sarah Ann
WERE Agnes (see Agnes V WARE)
WERE Emilie (see Emma WARE)
WEST Isabel
WEST Lillian May
WHELAN Norah
WHERRY Jean
WHITE .. (sister of R B WHITE)
WHITE Annie
WHITE Clarice
WHITE Emma Glenny
WHITE Georgina W
WHITESIDE Mary Ann
WHITESTYLES Eliza
WILKINS Albina
WILKINSON Ellen
WILLETT Catherine
WILLIAMSON .. (Miss)
WILLIS Ivy
WILSON Elizabeth
WILSON Maggie (year 1888)
WILSON Maggie (year 1890)
WILSON Mary
WILSON Maud
WINTER Emily Violet
WITHERS Marline Mary [child]
WOODHOUSE Isabella May
WOODS Mary
WOODWARD Doris May
WYETH Alice Maud
WYLES Mary
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YOUNG Agnes
YOUNG Amy Mary Hopkins
YOUNG Lily Louisa
YOURALL Rose
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ZESSIN Ottilie
ZUCH Rosie
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Check the list above to see whether it includes the name of the child you are researching, or (more likely) the child's mother. If it does not:

  1. Watch for more names to be added to this list as indexing progresses.
  2. See my mini-guide 'Researching Illegitimate Children' for advice on research strategies, a long list of sources that may name the putative father, and an explanation of how to find illegitimate births that are registered under multiple surnames.
Copying service. Allow several weeks for a reply (I am often away for family reasons).

As an accredited genealogy professional, Archives research is how I earn a living, so...

Option 1:  If you want to do the research yourself, or if you need an approximate date to decide whether an item could be relevant, I will (for a fee of $2 per entry) tell you which bundle or volume to use at the Archives, and what year(s) it covers. If the same name is listed twice, that is two entries. (I charge a fee because I've spent hundreds of hours indexing the records, and it takes time to consult my index, get the source reference, check my notes to find the date range of that source, and send you those details so you can decide whether to proceed.)

Option 2:  If you want me to copy the original record, my fee is $25 per entry. If the same name is listed twice, that is two entries. The fee covers out-of-pocket expenses plus my time (ordering a bundle/volume at the Archives, finding the relevant file/page, ordering photocopies or taking digital photos, and posting them to you). I do not charge for travel to the Archives.

If you have already seen a source that names the father, tell me the repository, source title, date, file/page number, etc.  Be very specific!  To avoid duplication, it is your responsibility to fully identify the source.

$See the list of payment methods available (my address is on that page).









Other Suggestions

My mini-guide 'Researching Illegitimate Children' has advice on research strategies, a long list of sources that may name the putative father, and an explanation of how to find illegitimate births that are registered under multiple surnames.

Sydney Benevolent Asylum Index 1857-1900 (includes unmarried mothers from NSW, Qld, etc.)

Helen Harris's indexes (Infant Life Protection Act; Missing people; Wife/child deserters; etc.)

My other genealogy sites have more advice, and more names from records in archives.

Search this site  (do NOT use apostrophes; read search results page carefully)

I use and recommend FindMyPast (Australia / NZ, UK, Ireland, USA)

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