Birth registration x 3

Discussion in 'BMD Certificates' started by Ma-dotcom, Jul 12, 2019 at 11:41 AM.

  1. Ma-dotcom

    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    Forgive my haste as I must go to bed- a tad unwell, first tho' as I have just found this interesting birth registration I had to ask here first. The date will explain lack of information given.

    A male born 1997 in3rd Quarter 7 month given is registered with same two Christian names & 3 different surnames, same M's m n.
    district number, Register number & entry number all same as.
    Could it be the first was mother unwed, 2nd married to or nearly & 3rd was married to but not now? o_O
    Makes for difficult searching. :( 1hr 29mins on a good run from London. [ 45.4miles]

    Any help gratefully accepted.

    Now to find the hotty bottle & bed.
    forgot it didn't I? the date. now inserted.
     
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    Hope you got a good night's sleep and are feeling better now.

    There's someone on another forum (ex-registrar) who regularly points out that in cases like this there's only one registration, but multiple entries in the index. So if you wanted a certificate it wouldn't matter which entry you used - it would be the same in each case.

    As for why there are so many entries, the most likely explanation for two, I think, would be that the parents weren't married. There could be any number of reasons for a third one, such as the mother having been married before, a professional name, one of the parents having unmarried parents or a stepfather etc, so varying between surnames.

    It's almost impossible to say for definite, as it's something that can often only be answered with personal knowledge of the family circumstances. A certificate might provide some clues, or it might just say "also known as..." without giving the reason.

    I don't think I've really added anything to what you'd already worked out, but if nothing else, it means your grey matter is still intact. ;) (Or if it isn't, then maybe mine isn't either :eek:)

    Take care.
     
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    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    Thank you arthur. Not much improvement so far here- took me three tries to find the forum. So many sites start with 'Genealogy'. :(
    Your grey matter is fine as Flook liked your post, which augers well for me.
    I did wonder if more than one person had registered the birth & used the M's mn they thought was correct.

    This may be a probable 3rd cousin but I don't feel brave enough to approach & ask so shall have to try to work around & about to get closer. Thank you for making me feel weller.
     
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