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Colette Report 6 Mar 2013 20:22

I recently found out my grandad had a twin and she passed away at 3 years old.

my grand was i have been looking at recoreds on

Ive found my grandads and great aunts and uncles records but cant find this twin....on birth records would it of mentioned that he was a twin.

It was something he never mention wefound out from long lost family a week ago.

I'm not sure were to go from this.

Mel Fairy Godmother

Mel Fairy Godmother Report 6 Mar 2013 20:28

As far as I know they would have the same birth record numbers but maybe if the twin was born dead they did'nt. I am not sure but think the only births that were recorded was if the baby had taken breath. Not sure about a still born.

I am sure someone on here can put you right.



brummiejan Report 6 Mar 2013 20:37

The only clue on the birth cert would be if a time of birth is given - but this might be a modern innovation, not sure!


GlitterBaby Report 6 Mar 2013 20:52

Most Scottish birth certs have the time on them so that is not any indication that there was a twin.

What date are you looking at?

If not within the last 100 years you could view it on SP Have you viewed the page before and the page after ?

Mel Fairy Godmother

Mel Fairy Godmother Report 6 Mar 2013 20:53

Have you found the death of the little girl if she was about 3 years old when she died?


Colette Report 6 Mar 2013 20:57

No theres no record of a death either im rather confused. my grandad also has a seprate twin brother and sister ive found there record which have both which have got seperate records.

thanks for the advice i will look at the other set of twins see if there numbers match.

thanks for the advice.


jerseylily Report 6 Mar 2013 21:13

Are you sure the 'long lost family' isn't getting confused and the death relates to the other set of twins?

Ask them if they've actually seen the documents - you know what they say about family stories!