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From: Dick Mathews <>
Subject: Re: [Ess] Marriage Record - Please Disregard
Date: Mon, 30 May 2011 21:07:08 +0100
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While I hesitate to take issue with Caroline (whose posts to this list
are a regular source of sensible advice) or wth Jennifer (likewise),
what happens when a single mother registers a birth has changed over the
years. Prior to the Birth and Death Act 1874 the mother could name
anyone as the father wihout him being present or agreeing. I have a
certificate from the mid 1850s found via FreeBMD using the unmarried
mother's surname which (to my surprise when I first saw it) named
someone I'd never heard of as the father. And I have another very early
one (1838) for Hannah Boden where the informant is identified as
"Elizabeth Dolmans, Occupier, and present at the birth" - so neither
parent was involved in the registration.

So, sadly, John Galley's birth registration is unlikely to identify his
father - but the Quarter Sessions records for bastardy might provide a

Dick Mathews

On 30/05/2011 15:59, wrote:
> In a message dated 30/05/2011 15:44:45 GMT Daylight Time,
> writes:
> Although it was, theoretically,
> possible for the fathers of illegitimate children to be named, this would
> only happen if they fessed up and agreed to attend the child's
> registration.
> On the rare occasion that this happened, the child would be listed in the
> GRO index under the father's surname, not the mother's
> I would like to add a small correction to this. If the father attended
> registration and is named on the birth certificate, the child is indexed under
> both the mother and the father's names.
> Regards,
> Jennifer
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