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Cisco Report 24 Jan 2013 16:06

Can someone please advise me if there's any way I can find out the names of all the male births which took place on the same date in an English town in 1936. Many thanks.


Andrew Report 24 Jan 2013 16:15

No you can't. Births are recorded in quarterly blocks and date of birth only appears on the cert.



brummiejan Report 24 Jan 2013 16:31

Does this relate to an adopted person Joyce?


Cisco Report 24 Jan 2013 16:59

Hello Jan - I'm unsure if the person was adopted. I don't have a name, only a date and place of birth. Joyce


brummiejan Report 24 Jan 2013 17:01

Do you mind if I ask what document this is? Do you know who the mother was? If so you can search for births using her maiden name only.


Cisco Report 24 Jan 2013 17:18

Hello Jan
I have no documents. I have no names for the parents, nor for the child.
All I know is that it was a male child, the place and date of birth.
I was hoping that, if I went to the Registration Office for that district, I might get sight of the actual registers for that particular registration period, but this doesn't seem possible.
I can't give any more inf or reasons on a public site.
Thank you, anyway, for offering support. Joyce


brummiejan Report 24 Jan 2013 17:24

The only other thing I can think of is to look for birth notices in local papers. Without knowing any more it is hard to advise you.
As the birth is 1936 it is likely this person is still living, though it is possible to check for deaths using birth date 1970-2006. Of limited use I suspect.
If you want to PM me any other info feel free, I am sure other ;helpers' on here would be glad to advise also.


ErikaH Report 24 Jan 2013 17:35

If there is a possibility that the child was adopted, one would assume that the circumstances of his birth were such that a newspaper announcement would have been unlikely.

Plus, announcing births in newspapers was not that common an occurrence in the 1930's


brummiejan Report 24 Jan 2013 18:01

Reggie, there is no indication he was adopted as far as I can see - that was just a query from me.
Only trying to cover all possibilities however remote.
Not sure what your comments are trying to achieve really.


mgnv Report 24 Jan 2013 23:23

You can look at all the births registered in, say, Burnley in 1936.
They are recorded in the GRO index by date of registration (and one had 6 w to rego a birth).
However, it would include all the births in Burnley RD (so include Nelson, Colne, Padiham).

Sometimes a local index is available - see:
In these cases, there is usually info on the subdistrict the birth is rego'ed in, so this would exclude all the outlying areas of Burnley RD.
Actually, in 1936, it would specify if the birth was rego'ed in Burnley East or Burnley West.

NB If the GRO index says they're on the same GRO page, then they were in the same subdistrict.


Cisco Report 28 Jan 2013 18:00

Many thanks for this mgnv - but, of course, the county I'm researching is not listed. Maybe they'll add it to the site - I;'ll keep an eye out.


brummiejan Report 28 Jan 2013 18:31

Not sure what you mean Joyce - all counties are on Freebmd.


Cisco Report 28 Jan 2013 19:14

Thank you Jan - but as I've no surname for the child, I'm needing to research by YEAR - ie I need to look through all the registered births for a 3-month period and I don't seem to be able to do this.



ErikaH Report 28 Jan 2013 22:35

If you'd read the post prior to mine, you'd understand my post!

What exactly do you know.........if anything?

You can enter the year, qtr, and district as your search criteria on freebmd................not sure why you think you can't

BUT.......if you know nothing, how would you recognise the birth, even if you saw it?


Cisco Report 28 Jan 2013 22:57

All I have is the DATE the child was born - the GENDER (male) - and the PLACE of birth.

So, if I could search through the quarters birth records relating to that particular town, I would surely find all the male births that occurred on that particular date in that particular place.

This would be a great starting point for me.

I do realise that it looks impossible though.

Thank you for your interest and help.


patchem Report 28 Jan 2013 23:08

Sorry, it is not impossible. You just enter those details on free bmd.
I cannot see why you cannot do that - I have just tried it for Billericay Mar 1936 to Mar 1936. Around 220 names, male and female.
(Though if born towards the end of that quarter they may be in the June quarter)

If the mother was not married, then you are just looking for the same surname and mother's maiden name?


brummiejan Report 28 Jan 2013 23:10

Well, you can certainly do this (apart from finding an actual precise date):

'So, if I could search through the quarters birth records relating to that particular town, I would surely find all the male births that occurred on that particular date in that particular place'

Not quite clear if you are under the impression this is not possible??

For example, I could look for all birth registrations in Manchester in the Jan-March quarter of 1927, using the MMN as a filter, or no name whatsoever.



ErikaH Report 28 Jan 2013 23:38

Why do you keep saying you can't do it?

Agreed, you can't identify the town on the index..................but if you know the town, then you must know the registration district.

You CAN'T see the DATE without paying for the cert................that applies to every birth in England/Wales

Someone must have given you this 'info'.......was this person reliable? Was he/she related to this unidentified male?

It all seems rather bizarre..................


ErikaH Report 28 Jan 2013 23:46



Porkie_Pie Report 28 Jan 2013 23:56

If your other thread is related then use freebmd to search the year, quarter, district and the name you have then check for births where the mothers surname name is the same as the child

It helps if you give the info you have instead of drip feeding bits as and when it suits, after all your the one asking for help


Edit, I tend to question the motive for wanting this info under these circumstances