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How to narrow down search area?
« on: Saturday 31 March 18 16:26 BST (UK) »
Hi

Apologies if this doesn't make sense, or is in the wrong place!  I've traced my direct line back as far as I can, and am now searching siblings marriages and children etc.  I have a list of possible marriages which I have got from the free bmd website.  These are listed as being registered in the Kidderminster registration district.  My question is, is there any way of narrowing this down further to the actual parish?  Unfortunately these marriages are after the 1911 census so I have not been able to narrow it down that way.

Any help gratefully received :)

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Re: How to narrow down search area?
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 31 March 18 16:32 BST (UK) »
Hi

Apologies if this doesn't make sense, or is in the wrong place!  I've traced my direct line back as far as I can, and am now searching siblings marriages and children etc.  I have a list of possible marriages which I have got from the free bmd website.  These are listed as being registered in the Kidderminster registration district.  My question is, is there any way of narrowing this down further to the actual parish?  Unfortunately these marriages are after the 1911 census so I have not been able to narrow it down that way.

Any help gratefully received :)

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Re: How to narrow down search area?
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 31 March 18 16:49 BST (UK) »
Hi and welcome to rootchat ;D

Not easy post 1911, however there are electoral roles, phone books and the 1939 Register you can look  ( which is on FindMyPast) which might help. Check the address where they were 1911, check what churches are available locally as generally the females in the family would have used their local church, so you could start with their PRs, check their deaths of the males and where they died and also the females if you know their married name that might give you a clue to where they were when they died. There is also freereg you can look at.
Leicestershire:Chamberlain, Dakin, Wilkinson, Moss, Cook, Welland, Dobson, Roper,Palfreman, Squires, Hames, Goddard, Topliss, Twells,Bacon.
Northamps:Sykes, Harris, Rice,Knowles.
Rutland:Clements, Dalby, Osbourne, Durance, Smith,Christian, Royce, Richardson,Oakham, Dewey,Newbold,Cox,Chamberlaine,Brow, Cooper, Bloodworth,Clarke
Durham/Yorks:Woodend, Watson,Parker, Dowser
Suffolk/Norfolk:Groom, Coleman, Kemp, Barnard, Alden,Blomfield,Smith,Howes,Knight,Kett,Fryston
Lincolnshire:Clements, Woodend

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Re: How to narrow down search area?
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 31 March 18 17:02 BST (UK) »
I'm not sure how extensive it is, but by using the information from the FreeBMD entry - Registration District, volume and page number it may be possible pin down the marriage location.

Try   http://www.marriage-locator.co.uk/

Worth a try  ;D ;D


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Re: How to narrow down search area?
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 31 March 18 18:03 BST (UK) »
Try searching for newspaper reports of bmd's with known dates. FindMyPast has a good resource. Or the British Newspaper Archive online.

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« Reply #5 on: Saturday 31 March 18 21:44 BST (UK) »
freebmd has some useful tools that people may not know about.

For example this link takes you to a list of registration districs and their marriages in 1920

https://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/district-page-map.pl?file=1920M1.csv%201920M2.csv%201920M3.csv%201920M4.csv

There are 4 quarterly entries for Kidderminster registration district.

In March the page range is 123-179, the lowest numbers tend to be Anglican marriages and those at the higher end tend to be register office marriages with Quaker, Jewish and non-conformist inbetween.

And here's a list of areas making up the registration district.

https://www.ukbmd.org.uk/reg/districts/kidderminster.html

Unless the marriages are online at Ancestry or FindMyPast or the likes and you have the list in which the parishes are organised, or find a newspaper report of the wedding, it will be almost impossible to know for sure where the marriage took place without buying the certificate.
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Re: How to narrow down search area?
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 31 March 18 22:03 BST (UK) »
I'm not sure how extensive it is, but by using the information from the FreeBMD entry - Registration District, volume and page number it may be possible pin down the marriage location.

Try   http://www.marriage-locator.co.uk/

Worth a try  ;D ;D


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If you do manage to locate the parish using the link provided by BumbleB then the registers are at Worcestershire Archives.
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Re: How to narrow down search area?
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 31 March 18 22:46 BST (UK) »
Thank you for all your suggestions, very much appreciated.

macwil, I visited The Hive today but only managed to find one of the marriages, which I've discounted as being one of mine unfortunately!  I searched Kidderminster St George, St Mary, St John and a couple of the other parishes as well but unfortunately was pushed for time and had to cut my trip short.  I love The Hive's facilities but do find it a bit noisy at times.

dawnsh thanks for the tip about free bmd, I am of course assuming that my marriages were in Churches and I suppose they may not have been, which may explain why I can't find them! 

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« Reply #8 on: Sunday 01 April 18 10:19 BST (UK) »
the original concept of the GOONS marriage locator was to record the cardinal points (the start and stop page numbers) from 1837-1911.

I know that they started with East London marriages and other areas has been added but I'm still not sure if there are any 'hits' after 1911.
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Sherry-Paddington & Marylebone,
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Chandler-Chelsea