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Registering a birth in 1917

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Sally Report 10 Feb 2013 12:21

Hi all,
I have been trying to find info on a lady who had a baby in 1917, we have the birth cert, but am i right in thinking you don't need to prove who you are to register a birth.
What i mean is could the mother be someone other than who she said she was?
Thanks for your help.
Sally :-)


maggiewinchester Report 10 Feb 2013 12:24

From personal experience, my great grandmother registered her children giving the name Mrs xxx. At the time, (with 8 of them) she wasn't married to Mr xxx, so she probably never had to provide any documentation to prove her name.


Sally Report 10 Feb 2013 12:27

No, i didn't think you were asked for info, so anybody could say anything !!!!!!!
Just what you want when you are looking :-S


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 10 Feb 2013 12:30

There's normally a 'qualification' eg mother, father or, in at least one case, Grandmother.


Sally Report 10 Feb 2013 12:32

Oh yes, but the mother could say her name is Jane Smith when she is really Jane White maybe?????


maggiewinchester Report 10 Feb 2013 12:38

...Which is what my g grandmother did!!!!


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 10 Feb 2013 12:50

Are you thinking that the child might have been handed over for adoption? That could be a possible scenario. There are no formal records/legislation until the 1920's.


Porkie_Pie Report 10 Feb 2013 12:57

I take it that you refer to the info in Column 5 - Mother's Name

You would not have had to prove your id

Qualification for Column 7 - Signature, Description and Residence of the Informant was

Description of informant. The current list of eligible informants reads, in order of preference

(1) In all cases - mother

(2) Father - if he is married to mother

(3) Father and mother jointly where they are not married to one another

(4) A person present at the birth

(5) The owner or occupier of the house or institution

(6) The person in charge of the child


I have a birth cert from 1839 where the informant was the next door neighbour



Sally Report 10 Feb 2013 13:15

HI ALL !!!!!!
Many thanks for taking the time to send info.
The son was not put up for adoption, he was fostered, through Dr B's
If anyone wants to have a look at the info i have it is posted on Dorothy BRETT 1890's - i know you shouldn't post two requests for help - don't want to get into trouble :-D
thanks Sally :-)