Re: Importance Value of various Birth Sources

John Hanson

One of the first things I look at when doing my advice sessions these days is the number of days between birth and registration – 42 is always a good indicator that the birth date might be wrong



From: <> On Behalf Of Pauline Parnell
Sent: 04 February 2020 09:03
Subject: Re: [family-historian] Importance Value of various Birth Sources


I’ve got a couple of very dodgy certificates. The first is a death certificate where the lodger was the informant and was five years out with the age. That caused a brick wall which was finally resolved by a DNA test. The second is my great-grandfather’s birth certificate. Apparently he was rather proud of the fact that he had more birthdays than the king - his real one, the date on his baptism and the date given on his birth certificate, made up to avoid the fine for late registration.

I have an interesting family 😂

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