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Unknown baby born to Alfred and Jeannie Finch

Postby Claire Samuel » Mon Dec 09, 2013 2:02 pm

My Grandparents, Alfred and Jeannie (Jane) Finch were married on the 7th March 1892. They had Alfred George on the 8th January 1895; Grace Vera born 13th September 1896 (died 19th October 1896); Roy Cyril Aldwynne born 28th November 1912; and my Mother, Olive Doreen born 25th May 1915. In the 1911 Census, it would appear that Jeannie had another baby between 1892 and 1911 but the family has no knowledge of this child. The family was based in the Upton Park, West Ham area of London, but later moved into the Ilford/Romford area where my Mother was born. Can anyone help me find the missing baby?
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Re: Unknown baby born to Alfred and Jeannie Finch

Postby sdup26 » Mon Dec 09, 2013 6:54 pm

I'm afraid this isn't going to be an easy search for you. If the baby was stillborn, this wasn't registered with the GRO until 1926. If a child lived even briefly, it should have birth and death registrations, but that wasn't always done.
If you search for Finch in births + deaths on http://www.freebmd.org.uk 1892-1911, you'll see death ages of babies or young children, then look back at births to find their details. But when I tried 1892-1895 in the West Ham Reg district alone, 10 children died aged 13 or under.
This may be a complete red herring, but they had Alfred George in Jan 1895. Is it possible he was named after his father because he was born shortly after a previous Alfred had died? If so, there's a birth entry for Alfred Finch Jun Q 1894 West Ham 4a 73, died aged 0, Sept Q 1894 West Ham 4a 26. I'm sorry not be be more helpful.
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Re: Unknown baby born to Alfred and Jeannie Finch

Postby Claire Samuel » Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:24 pm

Thank you for your help. I did wonder about your theory that Alfred George might have been named after an earlier sibling and I will follow this up. I appreciate your suggestion.
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Re: Unknown baby born to Alfred and Jeannie Finch

Postby meekhcs » Thu Nov 24, 2016 1:38 am

With the new search facilities on the GRO site it should be possible to check the maiden name of the birth mentioned by sdup to see if it matches your Family. If it doesn't then it should be possible to search all Finch births for the period using Jeannie's maiden name to hopefully track down the missing sibling.
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Re: Unknown baby born to Alfred and Jeannie Finch

Postby LeavesFHR » Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:56 pm

The new GRO index did not identify another child for Arthur and Jeannie. It could be that it was a still birth, as they were not recorded.
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