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Birth records as shown in new system.

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Horrace Report 16 Jun 2013 14:23

Hi Everybody ! ,

Thank you for all your various pieces of advice. I'll try that link you gave me Jax; and I'll need to think about all the other advice given here before I attempt to act on it.

Thanks again, and Best Wishes.


Horrace Report 16 Jun 2013 14:11


In my case, I do know the maiden name and married name of my research subjects
and by inputting their married name and date into the birth records I look then for those births in the married name and pick out any with the 'target' maiden name around the subject's marriage date and their location, which usually (or used to, even in GR!) give me their children's names. (I'm talking here about 'children' now long grown to adulthood ,or long gone, not recent births!)


jax Report 16 Jun 2013 12:52

There are also things missing off of Ancestry which can be found on freebmd, FMP and Genes


RolloTheRed Report 16 Jun 2013 12:46

Beware there are errors and omissions in FreeBMD even for the years which they claim are complete.This especially applies to marriages.
Ancestry carries better quality images than FreeBMD which can be searched without using the name index.
Most public libraries have free access to Ancestry.


DazedConfused Report 16 Jun 2013 10:30

All of the above only goes to show USE FREEBMD first.

Why pay for something that is FREE

Then if you cannot find what you are looking for ask on here.

So glad I am only a basic member!!!!!


ErikaH Report 16 Jun 2013 10:16


Use freebmd

And if you have a message for GR.....send it via the 'contact us' button.

They won't see it on here.................


SylviaInCanada Report 15 Jun 2013 23:23

:-D :-D :-D


jax Report 15 Jun 2013 23:22

When I tried my mum I got 1233 options but only about 100 had the same first name as her.

Then tried adding mmn and got 3 one was her, another was her sister whose middle name began with an S and an unrelated man with an S as a middle name aswell


SylviaInCanada Report 15 Jun 2013 23:22

and of course, this does not work before mid-1911, when the mmn was added to the birth registration

I tried my mother's birth

20 options came up

entered her mmn

No person born with mother's name :-D

entering the county would have reduced the options to 10

Do take note of the fact that many of the individual county bmd sites DO show mother's maiden name before 1911 ....... Lancashire bmd is particularly good at this.


SylviaInCanada Report 15 Jun 2013 23:16

I got the same as Andysmum .................

got 2 options

put mmn in the keywords box

only my birth came up ................. but it did not show the mmn, just reduced the options.


Andysmum Report 15 Jun 2013 22:53

Jax is right.

I have just tried, using my own birth, and 7 options came up, one of which was me.

I then put my mother's maiden name in the keywords box and only one came up (me) but it didn't show the maiden name, just reduced the options.

Useful if you know the maiden name, otherwise no help unless you pay to look at the record.


jax Report 15 Jun 2013 20:15

It wont show my mothers name unless I pay for it Renes,,,but it does on freebmd

Well...I don't think it does


Renes Report 15 Jun 2013 20:10


I just did a search on my birth > 1912 and my mothers maiden name was displayed ...
Also not sure if you have noticed but after the first search ..." Advance search" is shown under the green search box ... if you click on it ... It permits a "County " box

And as Rose said if you know the maiden name you can add it to "keyword" box or any other word to assist


jax Report 15 Jun 2013 19:12

Unless they were born sometime after 1960 use freebmd


Graham Report 15 Jun 2013 18:40

What if the mothers maiden name is the piece of information you are looking for? :-S


Nyx Report 15 Jun 2013 18:18

Oh dear Horace ! well it did work for me when I tested it out using my own name, but I use myself as I find it much easier though it doesn't have more recent dates I know.


Horrace Report 15 Jun 2013 18:02

Well, RamblingRose!

I tried that, and what I got was all those people who had a second 'given' name as per my input family's maiden name...hardly satisfactory...but thanks for your efforts! :-D


Horrace Report 15 Jun 2013 17:41

Right RamblingRose, I'll try that, and get back to you with my result.


Nyx Report 15 Jun 2013 17:37

Horrace you can put mother's maiden name in the box which says 'optional keyword'


Horrace Report 15 Jun 2013 17:34

You no longer seem to give the very useful information of mother's maiden name, even though there is a line free for such.

The system seems to exclude as much as it gives in the new format.

System designers should be aware that constantly changing things for change's sake is very off-putting to new members as well as seasoned ones like myself.

I can no longer identify my numerous relatives' offspring, which I was in the process of gathering until this weeks alterations. :-( :-S

Member: Family History Society of Cheshire.