Baptism often took place weeks or even months after the birth. This was true
in records I have looked at up to the late 1800's.
Civil registration in 1864 did not fully cover up the fact as often people
when they eventually registered the birth they gave a date that complied
with the laws for registering.......6 weeks I think.
If a child died it could not be baptised.
For a long period it could not even be buried in a local cemetery.
Ireland is dotted with the graveyards of unbaptised children called
I'm not sure when the practise of burials in these unsanctified graveyards
ceased. I would be reasonably sure that they were used into the 1800's.
Perhaps somebody else will know.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Geraldine Crawshaw" <gmcpc(a)rogers.com>
To: "Fermanagh Gold" <fermanagh-gold(a)rootsweb.com>
Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2008 12:22 AM
Subject: FER-GOLD general question re baby deaths
I would like to know in the 1800's if a baby was born dead or died
after the birth was that birth registered anywhere and would they
have been baptized if Catholic. Would they be buried in the local
cemetery? Our grandmother was supposed to be one of a set of twins, but
there is only one child registered.