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From: "dmatt" <>
Subject: Re: [DEV] Free BMD and errors
Date: Sat, 18 Jan 2003 15:00:04 -0000
My grandfather's birth is recorded as Sept 1895 when I know he was born 11th
July 1895. He was not baptised in Sep 1895 either. He was baptised as a
child of 2 or 3. They also have a marriage date for my ancestors which is
out by 2 months.
The way the BMD index is created might help you. The index is cretaed from
the original General Register Office (GRO) indexes which are arranged by
quarters, so that entries for July, August and September are normally listed
as September but occassionally may be in the December quarter, but I can't
see anything that points this out to researchers. Unfortunately the GRO has
not allowed BMD (or anyone else) the same access to the original registers
as has happened in Scotland, where their registers have been available for
public inspection for a number of years. The White Paper on Civil
registration might change this if someone has space to store the "historic"
records (ie over 100 years old).
Hope this helps.
From: Andrew FRANKS <>
Date: 18 January 2003 12:43
Subject: [DEV] Free BMD and errors
>Has anyone noticed differences in the BMD database from the true birth cert
>My grandfather's birth is recorded as Sept 1895 when I know he was born
11th July 1895. He was not baptised in Sep 1895 either. He was baptised as
a child of 2 or 3. They also have a marriage date for my ancestors which is
out by 2 months.
>I know they do say you should report errors.
>Interested to know if anyone else has come accross many discrepancies and
why this might be. Surely someone would not read July as Sept or Oct as
>Hope someone can enlighten me.
>Carol in Berkshire
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