Just a quick question before I order a b cert.
If an ancestor born 1868 but not registered until 1875 (when legally required) would it show the 1868 birth date?
I am not sure that it would have been possible to register an 1868 birth in 1875 Les - are you sure you have found the correct registration for the person you seek?
If you would like to give some details we could see if anything can be found to confirm this?
I am sure though that if it 'was' possible to do this it would have to show the exact date of the birth.
If such a thing was possible, then yes, I'm sure it would show the actual DOB - unless the parents lied.
However, registration was only compulsory for children born in 1875 and later.
I don't imagine parents of children born before 1875 would bother with retrospective registration (even if the registrar allowed it) .
Thanks for replies.
I did a previous post on 20th Nov. (Beecham) and don't want take up your time.
However, I have the 1939 pre war reg for Joseph Beecham showing b 17th Mar 1868.
It has been suggested this ancestor is Joseph Charles Beauchamp b1875 Fulham.
I think it's not him but my last hope.
I have other records, military/1911 cens/marr for Joseph Beecham with various b dates.
Joseph Charles in 1881, aged 6, so born 1875, not 1868:
Joseph C. Beauchamp
in the 1881 England Census
Name: Joseph C. Beauchamp
Estimated birth year: abt 1875
Relationship to Head: Son
Father: James Beauchamp
Where born: Fulham, Middlesex, England
Civil Parish: Fulham
Street address: 8 Distillery Lane
Registration district: Fulham
ED, institution, or vessel: 12
Page Number: 5
James Beauchamp 40
James E. Beauchamp 7
Joseph C. Beauchamp 6
Matilda Chalk 38
Thomas Chalk 14
Alice Chalk 19
George Pethe 19
and even younger in 1891:
in the 1891 England Census
Name: Joseph Beauchamp
Birth Year: 1877
Father: James Beauchamp
Mother: Mary Beauchamp
Birth Place: Fulham, Middlesex, England
Civil Parish: Fulham
Residence Place: Fulham, London, England
Sub registration district: Fulham
ED, Institution or Vessel: 12
James Beauchamp 50
Mary Beauchamp 30
James Beauchamp 15
Joseph Beauchamp 14
The previous thread:
Your Joseph's father was Stephen, not James.
I have his 1901 m cert showing his father as Stephen Beecham.
There is a tree on Ancestry with Beauchamp 's but no sources and no reply to my message.
I have to leave puter now and any further replies will get back later. Thanks.
BEAUCHAMP, JOSEPH CHARLES (MMN) TIMMS
GRO Reference: 1875 J Quarter in FULHAM Volume 01A Page 241
Marriages Sep 1873 (>99%)
BEAUCHAMP James Stephen Kensington 1a 103
TIMMS Sarah Stapen Kensington 1a 103
It certainly is possible to do a late rego of a birth. I forget the time period, but if it's very late, the Directir General of the GRO has to sign the b.cert. (NB 1 year is certainly very late.)
The biggest gap between birth and rego I've seen was 62 y - this didn't happen in England, but New Brunswick in Canada (which had a similar system to England, being modelled after them). In the late 19th century, NB almost went bankrupt, so they suspended some services, including birth registration. So a cohort of NB'ers didn't have b.certs, but it wasn't a worry at the time. However, one woman decided to visit Britain in the 1950s, and the easiest way to get a passport requires the production of a b.cert. The big drawback to rego'ing 62 y later is finding a qualified informant. Here, her 71 y.o. sister was 9 y.o. at the time of the birth and present in the house, so qualified. Her sister had to go before a NS magistrate (she lived in Nova Scotia), and swear an affidavit saying that right after the birth, she went into the bedroom and her mum said "meet your sister". The census was also opened up, and the local registrar checked that the expected entry for the applicant appeared. The NB Registrar General approved the application for a b.cert.
Incidentally, pre-1875, the onus was on the registrar to rego the birth,'
The duty of the parents was to answer truthfully any questions the registrar posed.
Not a very workable system - when Scotland introduced b.rego in 1855, they placed the onus of rego'img on the parents (with fines for failure to rego).
Anyway, in 1875, England placed the onus on the parents for b.rego's (with fines for non-compliance - note there were no fines for following the pre-1875 law). This pretty much solved the non-registration problem. Interestingly, English smallpox vaccination also had fines for non-vaccination, but fines were not usually applied, and there were periodic outbreaks of smallpox epidemics.
??a year before but given birth details are not always true for one reason or another.
Births Jun 1867 (>99%)
MMN on that one was RAYNER
Name: Joseph Beacham
Estimated birth year: 1867
Where born: Coggeshall Essex England
Civil Parish: Great Coggeshall
Town: Great Coggeshall
Registration district: Witham
Sub-registration district: Coggeshall
ED, institution, or vessel: 2
Household schedule number: 127
Page Number: 22
Joseph Beacham 30
Eliza Beacham 30
William Beacham 7
Joseph Beacham 4
Alice Beacham 1
Marriages Dec 1863 (>99%)
Beacham Joseph Witham 4a 549
Rayner Eliza Witham 4a 549
Many thanks to you all for your time.