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Offline Gallicrow

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Birth registration six months after birth
« on: Tuesday 28 July 20 20:47 BST (UK) »
I started a thread on the "Lighter Side" board about one branch of my family tree having nine daughters in a row:
https://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=834883.0

After a bit more filling in of details, I discovered that the youngest girl, Alice Winckworth, lived to be 105 - by far the longest lived person in my family tree:
https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/GW87-SZ4

I found two sources for her date of birth, the 1939 register (where she is living with her sister, Gertrude) and her death record. Both give the same date - 17th July 1896.

My confusion is that her birth wasn't registered until the first quarter of 1897. I've come across some people whose births don't appear to have been registered at all (though I often find them much later with a mis-spelt surname or different Christian names), but this is the first time I've seen someone whose birth was registered so long after her actual birth.

Anyone got any suggestions about what happened here?
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Re: Birth registration six months after birth
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 28 July 20 22:03 BST (UK) »
Does the actual birth cert confirm the birthdate given
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Re: Birth registration six months after birth
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 28 July 20 22:08 BST (UK) »
She wasn't baptised until 23.5.1904 @ St Saviours Bath.  Birthdate confirmed as above.  Parents William James & Ellen

Daughters Ivy b 4.2.1892 and Mignonette Elizabeth b 26.6.1894 baptised same day

Elsie Violet & Hilda both baptised 12.12.1887 @ Holy Trinity Bridgewater

Gladys May b 15.12.1888 bap 3.2.1889 Charlcombe

Gertrude Emily bap 8.6.1881 Holy Trinity
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Re: Birth registration six months after birth
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 28 July 20 22:21 BST (UK) »
Thanks Carole, I hadn't found those baptism records. Must have been a 3-for-2 offer at the church that day.
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Re: Birth registration six months after birth
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 28 July 20 22:23 BST (UK) »
Not really an answer to your question but my grandmother's birth was registered 7 Nov 1876 more than 11 months after her birth on 27 Nov 1875 as confirmed by the birth certificate and the place of birth is almost certainly wrong! I have no idea why it took so long.
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Re: Birth registration six months after birth
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 28 July 20 22:25 BST (UK) »
Have added more baptisms to my reply above
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Re: Birth registration six months after birth
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 29 July 20 08:48 BST (UK) »
It could be a late registration, or it could be a re-registration because there was some problem with an earlier one. You can't tell without obtaining a certificate.

Registrar's have always been able to register births beyond the 42 days. At first the limit was three months, then six, and currently it is twelve months - after that the Registrar General has to give authority.

You do still get occasional examples of people who don't register a birth, usually for some political belief reason.