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Antony Marr on Civil Registration

Postby AdrianB38 » Sun May 13, 2018 6:23 pm

Thanks to Antony for his article on this topic in June's WDYTYA magazine - several things there that I have found out the hard way before, and a few more that I hadn't met at all. I just have to try to remember them...

As a spin-off, I thought it might also be useful to draw further attention to the various https://www.ukbmd.org.uk/ sites such as http://www.cheshirebmd.org.uk/ and to warn that there may be slight differences between the way that CheshireBMD (say) and the GRO index things. Recently I was contributing to a thread on RootsChat http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=792228.0 that threw out a couple of interesting points.

One was that the GRO indexed the event (a death) under the quarter that it was registered in (Q1 1847). The CheshireBMD entry had it indexed in 1846, when the death actually happened! My normal process is to go straight from one to the other, matching exactly on year - seems like it doesn't always work. Of course, what that office did in the 1840s might not be done anywhere else at any other time!

The other was that the woman in question actually had her death registered and indexed twice (twice on each of CheshireBMD and the GRO indexes). Two people separately went to register the death - each went to a different office, one in the Altrincham Reg District, the other in the Runcorn District (the death occurred very close to the boundary - we have a newspaper report of it) and clearly both offices had no knowledge of the other's role. A fascinating case - and my thanks to Richard, the Original Poster, who was interested enough to actually buy both certificates - neither shows any mention of the other, so it is a complete duplicate.
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Re: Antony Marr on Civil Registration

Postby AntonyM » Tue May 15, 2018 10:48 am

AdrianB38 wrote:Thanks to Antony for his article on this topic in June's WDYTYA magazine - several things there that I have found out the hard way before, and a few more that I hadn't met at all. I just have to try to remember them...


You're welcome

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