If a UK date is shown as Month and Year only, it is a
Registration date and represents the last month of the quarter in
which the event was registered, the actual date may be up to 12
months previously (legally, although in one case the birth was
registered 30 years after the actual date) If you know a correct
date please let me know?
The software I use marks a person as Living if the person is a Death
Date has not been entered and birth was less
than 120 years ago, if you
come across someone that you know a death date for please let me know?
I use 3 prefixes for dates
I use this for Calculated, when a date has been worked
backwards from an age shown on a BMD Certificate or Census
I use this for Before, when a Birth date has been worked
backwards from a Baptism or similar date, also when a father is
shown as Deceased on a Marriage (or Birth) Certificate.
I use this for
About when a date has been gleaned from a
source that does not indicate how the date has been arrived at.
UK Local Government is a movable feast, and Parish, Town and County
borders have meandered over the Years. Places have grown and
new identities formed and old ones abolished. Towns and Cities are
NOT incorporated in most cases, Local Taxation causes riots in the
streets and opposite sides of a suburban Street can be in different
Counties. The departments that register Births, Deaths and Marriages
don't actually care if you are registering the event in the correct
So, please don't get too het up if you think your relative was born
in Henley, Berkshire and I have it entered as Henley-on-Thames,
Oxfordshire. They are the same place.
Equally Gainsborough is in both Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.
Most of London was in Middlesex for a long time - Most of Middlesex
is now London
Some of South West and South London was in Surrey
Some Towns are especially confusing, Richmond might be in Surrey or
London or Yorkshire!
Kingston is also in many places, it means the place where Kings were
Crowned - England used to be many Kingdoms! The United Kingdom is
more than England, Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland - Don't
Wessex, Cornwall, Mercia and Northumbria.
For simplicity I use the
term Tasmania to represent both the modern
day state and the Island known as Van Dieman's land.
As far as I am concerned, Jerusalem was in Palestine in 1939 -
the state of Israel had not been recognised by any legal Government,
my father served in the British Army in that area during World War 2
and was far from happy when he saw men he thought of as Terrorists
guilty of murder being appointed Head of State some years later.
Some families have been researched far more than others
Smee, Winks and Bullwinkle have
EVERY entry for England/Wales BMD between 1837-2003
Most of the England/Wales Census Entries 1861-1901
As many Scottish Records as I can afford
The vast majority of relevant data from the LDS records
A fairly exhaustive sweep of Australia and New Zealand Data
please see credits listed
The Social Security Death records of the USA (those publicly
BMD Records for those US states that Publish them electronically
A growing collection of the US Census Records
The depth of Drilling into families varies immensely, this site
grows at about 750 names a month, as of March 2006 there over
Chicken Stealers to Revolutionaries
Bigamists to Murderers
Illegitimate Children to War Heroes
Firemen Heroes to Fraudsters
are all here!
If you suddenly find you have more Siblings than you knew about,
please let me know?
If you think I am defaming a relative it is accidental, please let
me know and I will correct it immediately, don't bother suing me,
the Records Office have all my money!
1. Please respect the privacy of the living
2. Some of the Index pages are VERY large (over 1 megabyte), please
allow pages to download completely before scrolling down
3. Any and all Corrections, additions or ANY additional Information
(dates, marital status, Occupation, Location) are welcome.