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R.C. Cemetery question.
« on: Saturday 29 June 13 11:20 BST (UK) »
Am researching the history of an old home/hospital for mentally handicapped children/adults. (N. Lancashire.)This was run by the Roman Catholic diocese.
In the cemetery records the ages of ALL those who died in the hospital are noted as '0'
Cross-referencing with the Death Index on Find my Past I find that most of those who died were over 21. These records are from the 1940-1970 period.
My question is why is their real age not noted in the cemetery records?
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Re: R.C. Cemetery question.
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 29 June 13 11:39 BST (UK) »
Are you looking at the actual cemetery records, or a transcription?

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Re: R.C. Cemetery question.
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 29 June 13 12:00 BST (UK) »
I'm looking at on-line transcriptions.
Some of the earlier records when the hospital was an Industrial School give the exact age as do the records of the Nuns who died in the convent.
But why would they record the ages of young adults/adults as '0' ?
Is the fact they had a very severe mental disability relevant?


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Re: R.C. Cemetery question.
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 29 June 13 13:44 BST (UK) »
To be sure, you really need to see the originals.

Maybe the age at death wasn't included?
Maybe it was a birthdate - and the transcribers didn't have time to calculate an age?
Garrad (Suffolk, Essex, Somerset), Crocker (Somerset), Vanstone (Devon, Jersey), Sims (Wiltshire), Bridger (Kent)