How Odd!

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  1. MollyMay

    MollyMay Knows where to find the answers!

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    I have been working on one of my distant branches, and got my cousin to double- check the family for me, as it appeared first cousins married (they did).
    When I checked the children born on the GRO index, for 2 of them the result appeared with no mmn, yet when she looked, the mmn was there. I still get the same result with no mmn - Strange!

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    FIELD, MAY LILIAN ALLEN
    GRO Reference: 1923 S Quarter in POPLAR Volume 01C Page 724
    FIELD, VIOLET ROSE ALLEN
    GRO Reference: 1926 J Quarter in POPLAR Volume 01C Page 661
     
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    Daft Bat Administrator. Chief cook & bottle washer! Staff Member

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    No, the maiden name is not showing for me, either. o_O

    Perhaps an email to the GRO to ask them what the reason might be? If you do send one, please let us know what they say. ;)
     
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  3. Londoner

    Londoner Will always roll up her sleeves and dig around

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    I tried without entering the MMN and it didn't show but when I searched with it then it showed!
     
  4. arthurk

    arthurk Well-Known Member

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    That's how it works for some entries, and I think it's a privacy thing. If you know the mmn it will confirm it, but if you don't, you can't use this to find it out.

    I'm pretty sure this doesn't apply to the older entries, so maybe it's the ones less than 100 years old where they hide it. (But in some ways it seems a bit pointless since there are other ways to find a mmn - which hopefully the GRO isn't wanting to shut down.)
     
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    AnnB Editor in Chief who is Hot off the Press!

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    It certainly doesn’t make sense when the maiden name appears on the entries on FreeBMD :rolleyes:o_O
     
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    Just tested it with my mums name b 1923 and yes name not there until I put maiden name on form then it appears
    must be as Arthur says less than 100 years new one on me

    and yes as Ann says it is on freebmd!
     
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    I've just checked a cousin who according to the 1939 Register was born on 16 May 1922. His mmn shows up at the GRO site, so maybe they unlock them a year at a time?
     
  8. MollyMay

    MollyMay Knows where to find the answers!

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    Me too.
    Like others, I tried it with and without the mmn, and the details only appear if you know them:rolleyes:.

    My children's births in 1980's have my maiden name on them on FreeBMD, but again only if you enter it on the GRO index

    I have learned something today;)
     
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    AnnB Editor in Chief who is Hot off the Press!

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    I learnt something too, thanks Sue :)
     
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  10. Ma-dotcom

    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    This has been happening for me for quite a while.
     
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    And for me.
    Like Arthur says, it appears to be a privacy (data protection?) thing for births that are possibly still alive.
    I've also noticed more and more careless errors on GRO - misspellings that do not match the "text photo" available on freebmd. ("Horace" for "Horatio" eg)

    Jane
     
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    Daft Bat Administrator. Chief cook & bottle washer! Staff Member

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    Probably staff working from home on their own laptops, which have "text correct" on them. Government ones don't - well, they didn't when I worked for them back in the mists of time... :sceptical:
     
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