At 22:29 24/11/07 -0800, Pam Hendy wrote:
on the birth certificate in 1900 for my
friends grandmother under father it is blank.
My Questions is this could that mean her grandmother was born out of wedlock
A few years after the commencement of civil registration in 1837, the
Registrar General began to publish statistics of illegitimacy. I'm not
sure how these figures were compiled, but assume it must have been from an
examination of the wording of the birth certificate, probably at a local
level. That is, the RG Office itself took an absence of a father's name,
or different surnames for the parents, to imply illegitmacy.
Alternatively, I suppose the question could have been asked at
registration, and a separate record kept, from which the statistics were
compiled. Does anyone know?