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The Common Room / Same Marriage Index Number for Two Different People
« on: Thursday 22 December 22 00:50 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Group,

I am hoping someone can help me unravel a conundrum I came across on FreeBMD.

I was searching for the wife of Theodore George Dedman.  I was aware her first name was Alice, they were married in Havant, Hampshire and the index was 2b 993.

The search returned an "Alice Rose Hobbs" and a "Alice Pearce", who both share the same index number.

How can you have two people sharing the same index number on the same date?

I have attached a screen grab of the result for reference.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

StevieB  :)

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Cause of Death
« on: Wednesday 02 November 22 22:03 GMT (UK)  »

Thank you for your thoughts, they are very much appreciated and I can now see that the word is "exhaustion".

Best wishes,


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Cause of Death
« on: Tuesday 01 November 22 22:46 GMT (UK)  »
Hi everyone,

I am hoping the group can help me transcribe the third line of the "cause of death" entry shown on a death certificate.

I can transcribe the following:

Typhoid Fever
14 days

I have attached the whole entry, as I aware this helps with the transcribing.

I have made a number of attempts, but nothing seems to match any health condition.

As a point of interest, Albert was the son of my 2x great grandmother.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts.


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Workhouse Guardian Minutes Signature
« on: Saturday 15 October 22 18:12 BST (UK)  »
Hi All,

Many thanks for your suggestions.

I am going with the popular thought that it is "Mr. Dore".

Special thanks to "maddys52" for the Hampshire/Portsmouth Telegraph reference, I will check the article in the future.


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Workhouse Guardian Minutes Signature
« on: Saturday 15 October 22 03:29 BST (UK)  »
Hi all,

I have a problem in clearly transcribing a "seconded by signature" from the minutes taken at a Workhouse Guardian Minutes.

Proposed by Mr. Cunningham
Seconded by Mr. ?

Your thoughts will be greatly appreciated.


The Common Room / Re: Birth Place I.A.M. ???
« on: Monday 26 September 22 02:30 BST (UK)  »
Hi All,

Thanks once again for all your thoughts, it is very much appreciated.

I have enlarged the the section of the birth certificate in question (see below) and I believe this shows that the letter is an "A", so currently I am going with the concensus of opinion that it's 1 A.M. especially considering the information provided by Little Nell.

From the information provided by Wred, I will investigate Edward George Scoffield entering the workhouse in 1880.  This would have been two years prior to his daughter's (Amelia) death, unfortunately she died in Borough of Portsmouth Lunatic Asylum with Tuberculosis.

Interestingly, Amelia Ann Mitchell (nee Scoffield) was in Portsea Island Union Workhouse at the time she was committed to Dorset County Asylum on 25th May 1877 (see transcribed reception document below).


The Common Room / Re: Birth Place I.A.M. ???
« on: Sunday 25 September 22 00:09 BST (UK)  »
Hi All,

I want to thank everyone for their helpful comments, as always they are much appreciated.

I am always amazed by the excellent response of the RootsChat community.

Special thanks to Little Nell for the link and highlighting that the same registrar also recorded the time of birth on a certificate she holds.


The Common Room / Re: Birth Place I.A.M. ???
« on: Saturday 24 September 22 01:40 BST (UK)  »
Hi Comberton,

Thank you for your suggestion, it is a possibility although I have never seen a time of birth stated on a birth certificate before.

In addition, I am unsure if there would be a full stop after the figure "1"

It will be interesting to gather others thoughts on this.

Best regards,


The Common Room / Birth Place I.A.M. ???
« on: Saturday 24 September 22 01:16 BST (UK)  »
Hi All,

I am near completing the research into the life of my 2x Great Grandmother, Ameilia Ann Mitchell (nee Scoffield).

I have recently received a copy of her birth certificate (attached).

The certificate states her place of birth was I.A.M. at Buckland, Parish of Portsea.

I am aware of Buckland as an area within Portsmouth, however I cannot identify the abbreviation I.A.M.

I am wondering if this is a generic abbreviation that others may of come across or one that was specific to the area at the time i.e. the name of a local building?

I did note that the birth was registered in the Portsmouth Island Union, which I assume is the workhouse.  I was wondering if after the birth the family moved into the workhouse, it is slightly confusing although my lack of knowledge may be the problem.

Any thoughts on the I.A.M. abbreviation or general observations will be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,


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