Three Brick Walls Finding Ancestors Birth Certificate
August 13, 2019
hello I’m Nick Thorne The Nosey Genealogist and in this video we’re going to look at three brick walls to finding your ancestors birth certificates. Mistake number one that people make is to believe that their ancestor would have been registered with the name that they went by for the rest of their life; but this is not always the case What if in between registration and baptism the parents decided to change the name? It would have been possible for them to amend the birth registry by going back to their local registrar – but very few of our ancestors would have bothered. Another thing to look out for is that some people prefer to be known, when they have grow up, by their middle names. Now I know of a family where the father, the mother and all the children all go by their middle names making them impossible to find in the official documentation of census and poll books. Here is another scenario: let’s say there are two brothers who have two sons roughly about the same time and they both decide to call their sons John in memory of their grandfather John. Well the two cousins, as they grow up, may want to adopt different names in order to differentiate themselves from their cousin. Mistake number two I like to call surnames surprise. Now where parents are not married in most cases the birth is going to get recorded under the mother’s surname and usually that’s going to be her maiden name. But consider a case where she is a widow and so her legal surname is that of another man; so that the child is going to get registered with that surname because she still has that name! A slight variation to this is where somebody takes their stepfathers name. Maybe you found them in the censuses using the stepfathers name and because when you come to look for the registration you’ll find them registered under the name of their father who perhaps has now passed away. And the third mistake that people make I like to call ‘Who’s the father?’ So what if your ancestor never knew their father and then they come to their wedding day. What name are they going to enter or give to the vicar or the registrar to enter in the marriage registry? Well if they don’t know what it is they might make it up. Also people make their fathers names up to make themselves more important. I had a case where we found a soldier marrying and he gave his father as being Colonel Hamish Brown. It turned out his father was actually Reg Brown, a policeman. So if you’d like to find out more about how to tease out your elusive English or Welsh ancestors then go to NoseyGenealogist dot-com/discover make I’m Nick Thorne, the nosey genealogist thank you for watching.