Re: New Zealand Mailing List - Digest #121


The web site for the Register of BDMs (NZ), has all the dates of changes to record keeping. From memory, yes 1875, was a key date for additional information but check it out to be sure.

Nelson Post Office most likely… the Post Offices were where all the registers were held, that we could, once upon a time, visit for transcribing the records ourselves. The Post Masters were not allowed to disclose certain things in written correspondence, like the word “illegitimate”!

No, if you did the copies yourself it’d be a waste of money applying for “certified copy of the entry”, as it’ll just be someone else transcribing the exact record you’ve already got, and the only benefit of a printout is zero. Why would you bother? You’ve already got them. That’s all a print out is, a photocopy of the original entry, or copy of the copied entry that was sent to the central repository.

From a beautifully fine and cold Waiheke Island, where we’d love some of your rain!

On 23 May 2020, at 12:30 am, <> wrote:

Update on baby BIRD
From: Gwyneth Watson <mailto:cannycot@...?subject=Re:%20Update%20on%20baby%20BIRD>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2020 09:29:51 NZST

I have now received the above’s birth certificate, unnamed, but for the first time in too many years that I care to remember, I see that the mother Margaret Ann Bird (Richardson) is stated as having been born in Liverpool, England. Finally, as last I have a connection there. On her death cert it stated she was born in Sth Aust which I knew to be wrong.

Does anyone know if the recording details for BDMs were changed 1876ish. They had 11 children prior to this one and none had the facility to record anything on the mother other than her name? I have photocopies of the original registers when the records were still at the Nelson court house I think. If I now get a printout of them would there be anything different on them?

I have lodged an enquiry re the death cert which has been acknowledged twice and I guess I’m in the queue.

Cheers Gwyneth
From a wet and cold Moss Vale, NSW

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