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Offline mark50

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No birth record found...anywhere
« on: Monday 26 June 17 22:10 BST (UK) »
Hello,

I wonder if anyone would be able to help me. I'm researching a friends family tree for him: he is particularly interested in his Grandfather - Ewan Neil MacKay. I cannot find a birth record for Ewan. I know he was born on 25th Aug 1913, as I have a death record for him that records the fact - he died 23rd Dec 1975. I have a marriage record - he married Bertha Bannett in 1945 and I have various electoral rolls with him recorded on them and an entry in telephone book records. I also have a probate record saying when and where he died...so I know he definitely exists  :)

I am unable to find a birth record for him on Ancestry, FindMyPast, TheGenealogist, FreeBMD, FamilySearch and the GRO website.

Does anyone have any ideas as to where else I could try?

Many thanks for any help given.
Merryweather, Hatton, Poulter, Crockford, Wiggins, Holbrough, Gree, Ellis, Tidman, Royal, Welham, Llewellyn

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Re: No birth record found...anywhere
« Reply #1 on: Monday 26 June 17 22:11 BST (UK) »
Which countrie(s) did you search in?

I don't see Scotland's people. I don't see Ireland, I don't see America, the Antipodes or the indian sub-continent.
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Re: No birth record found...anywhere
« Reply #2 on: Monday 26 June 17 22:20 BST (UK) »
He may be on 1939 register , but he has a later birthyear.
Rest of household may or may not be relevant.

Whom does he name as father on marriage and what names witness?
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Re: No birth record found...anywhere
« Reply #3 on: Monday 26 June 17 22:24 BST (UK) »
There's a Ewen Neil Mackay, birth registered 1913, Harris South
On ScotlandsPeople


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Re: No birth record found...anywhere
« Reply #4 on: Monday 26 June 17 22:26 BST (UK) »
Just for reference, the death was in Bracknell.

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Re: No birth record found...anywhere
« Reply #5 on: Monday 26 June 17 22:34 BST (UK) »
Hi Pauline,

Thanks for your reply. I used the card catalogue on Ancestry, the "all collections" setting, and looked in Scotland, Ireland, England and Canada. I checked Canada because his grandson - who I'm doing the look-up for - was born in the Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Taplow. I saw the 1939 entry for a Ewan MacKay: it could well be him but am unable to open the record due to being skint until payday  :)

Chempat: Yes, I have that - thank you.

I've just noticed your reply jonw65: I'll check that out - thank you.
Merryweather, Hatton, Poulter, Crockford, Wiggins, Holbrough, Gree, Ellis, Tidman, Royal, Welham, Llewellyn

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« Reply #6 on: Monday 26 June 17 22:43 BST (UK) »
You need Scotlandspeople for births in Scotland.

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« Reply #7 on: Monday 26 June 17 22:56 BST (UK) »
You need Scotlandspeople for births in Scotland.

I already told him.
OK -
Ewen Neil MacKay
Born 25 August 1913 (10 pm?)
Geo-crab, Harris
parents John MacKay, Fisherman
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Mary MacKay
m.s. Macleod
Married 9 November 1897, Harris

Informant Roderick Morrison, Neighbour, Geocrab

John

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« Reply #8 on: Monday 26 June 17 23:00 BST (UK) »
No, you said you found him on Scotlandspeople, not that Scotlandspeople was the only place that the records would be found as he believed that Ancestry with Scottish records would do.