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Title: Conflicting DOBs for Muriel Guest and Barbara Guest.
Post by: cj1992 on Saturday 16 March 19 19:43 GMT (UK)
Muriel L Guest and Barbara Guest were two of the children of William Guest and Elizabeth Louisa Peaceful. My records indicate that both were born at 88 Hillside, Wellington, Shropshire.

The 1939 Register indicates that Muriel was born on 7th April 1915. But Barbara was born on 27th July 1915. There's something not quite right here. Either I've done something stupid or the records are a bit dodgy.

Also, on the 1939 Register Muriel's surname of Guest has been crossed out and the name "Alim" written above. She didn't take the name Alim until 1942 when she got married so obviously the details on the 1939 Register were being altered and some would say "tampered with" long after the event.

Can anyone shed any light on any of this?

Many thanks.

Chris.
Title: Re: Conflicting DOBs for Muriel Guest and Barbara Guest.
Post by: Pheno on Saturday 16 March 19 19:52 GMT (UK)
Hi, dates of birth are quite often slightly out on the 1939 Register although commonly the day and month are correct but the year is wrong.

The 1939 Register was used as a working document by the NHS for years until it was digitised in the 1980's so entries were updated as events occurred.  Most frequently for women that was a change of name on marriage as you mention here.

Pheno
Title: Re: Conflicting DOBs for Muriel Guest and Barbara Guest.
Post by: Mckha489 on Saturday 16 March 19 20:34 GMT (UK)
Name:   Mother's Maiden Surname:
   GUEST, BARBARA       PEACEFUL 
GRO Reference: 1915  S Quarter in NEWPORT  Volume 06A  Page 1167
   GUEST, MURIEL  LOUISA     PEACEFUL 
GRO Reference: 1914  J Quarter in NEWPORT  Volume 06A  Page 1284
 
Title: Re: Conflicting DOBs for Muriel Guest and Barbara Guest.
Post by: Dundee on Saturday 16 March 19 22:23 GMT (UK)
It is always important to have a good understanding of the resources you are using.  The National Archives' guide to the 1939 Register is here:

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/1939-register/

Debra  :)
Title: Re: Conflicting DOBs for Muriel Guest and Barbara Guest.
Post by: cj1992 on Wednesday 20 March 19 13:35 GMT (UK)
Many thanks Debra, Mckha489 and Pheno. I certainly have a better understanding of things now. I'm pretty new to the 1939 Register so the pointer to the National Archives page was very useful.


Chris.