Thank you so much for getting in touch with such interesting information.I actually have a copy of Adrian Peter Geers birth cert (my late father in law)His parents William George (I checked up, not George William) and Ellen were listed as living at 31 New Street, Milton and William's profession is given as electrician.My father-in-law, always known as Peter, seems to have an disrupted and unhappy childhood.He died in Chatham on 17.10.1971, 14 years before I met his son, so his story more or less went with him.My late mother-in-law, Alexandra Geer nee Lane, only knew that he had been adopted as a child, but whether through the death or illness of his parents, or for some other reason, she had no idea.Whether this was a formal adoption, or more in the line of a fostering arrangement, is unclear.There was never any mention of a sister, but the Vera Love Geer you mention as born 1909 in Gravesend could easily have been related, if not a his sister. For all I know, Peter could have been adopted as an infant. At any rate Peter grew up in a family which had two older girls, surname unknown, and their parents in turn died during Peter's youth and he was more or less brought up by them.Apparently they were kind, but he always felt in the way, and ended up becoming a boy sailor at the age of 14/15, and served on the Arctic convoys in WWII.He married for the first time an Ina Baines, by whom he had a son, name unknown, who died sometime around the late sixties.My husband only heard about this half brother in 1987, when my late mother in law trotted the story out.Peter and Alexandra, my husband's parents, married in September 1950 when he had finally got a divorce from Ina.As you can see this is a family full of sad secrets, which in turn makes it difficult to trace relatives living or dead. If the Ellen Geer who died in June 1968 at Thanet, was indeed the same as Peter's mother, it makes it more poignant than ever, as my husband and mother-in-law seemed to think that Peter's parents must have been long since dead. One can't help but speculate - mental health problems for example spring to mind in connection with Ellen, one wonders why else, if it is one and the same Ellen, that her child was given up for adoption in her lifetime. I must say my husband is not excessively interested in tracing his line, but I am an addict for it, also it is probably easier to trace an England based family than any of my own lines - I am Irish!If you are literally filling in Geer trees left right and centre, which is the wonderfully busy impression I get, I can update you on all of us Geers:
My husband Leigh Peter Geer, born July 18th 1945, High St, Gillingham, Kent.
His ex-wife Janet Harrington nee Bristow, still lives in Rainham, Kent.They married July 1969.
Their children: 1. Kerrie Geer, born 2 February 1973, Gillingham.
2. Vaughan Geer, born 22 February 1976, Gillingham, Kent.
Me: Elaine Geer nee Agnew, born 2 October 1963, Dublin, Eire
Our children:1. Shannon Elaine Geer, born 1 August 1990, Rinteln, Germany
2. Amber Alexandra Geer, born 18 September 1991, Rinteln, Germany
My late mother-in-law Alexandra Mary Geer nee Lane, died 21 June 1994, Gillingham, Kent.
I hope this information is useful Jeremy.My email facility will be suspended from early August till early September - we are moving to Labrador, Canada - no other Geers there, I'll warrant, but I'll still be online for the next few weeks.