Thanks to Ruth, John and Linda for suggestions. Looks like I haven't missed
anything in terms of procedure and will persevere with collateral to try to
unravel the mysteries
From: David Martin via SOG-UK <sog-uk(a)rootsweb.com>
Sent: 17 January 2019 05:53
Cc: David Martin <dmart7(a)blueyonder.co.uk>
Subject: [SOG-UK] Birth re-registration
I have a curious case of birth re-registration, twice in fact, and would be
interested in any views on the likely explanation.
In 1918, a boy was born in London. A week later, his mother registered the
birth without naming a father. So far so normal. The fact that this birth
became the subject of a birth re-registration is not that unusual either.
If the parents of the child subsequently marry, it is normal (indeed
required) that they re-register the birth in both their names.
What is not normal in this case, is that the re-registration occurred in
1950, 32 years later, and was repeated in 1968, fifty years later. These
re-registered the 1918 birth in the father's name. This surname was never
used by the child, who lived into the 1990s.
Just to add to the odd timeline, the putative father married the mother in
1934, when the child was 16. It is not clear why they then waited another
16 years to re-register the child, nor why it was repeated in 1968, some
years after the putative father had died.
Ultimately, there is the question of whether the putative father was indeed
the biological father. It is not clear where any of them were between
1918-1931, nor whether they were together or apart. It is conceivable that
there was a prior or long-term relationship in which the parents could not
or did not want to marry in 1918, and that these circumstances only changed
in 1934. He was previously married, in Ireland, and was a widow upon
marriage, but we have not been able to find out when his first wife died.
But why wait another 16 years to re-register, and then do it again 16 years
Is there anything in the procedures and process of re-registration which
could help explain these odd doings?
The answer to the ultimate question may only be possible via DNA, but this
is unlikely to happen any time soon.
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