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Offline MattD30

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Catholic Birth/Baptism
« on: Thursday 14 January 21 01:38 GMT (UK) »
Hi I'm not sure where this should go so I'm posting it here but feel free to move it to a better board.

I've just discovered the baptism of my 2x great grandfather Florence Donovan in the records of Catholic Baptisms on Findmypast. I know it's him as it has both his parents named on it and I already know those names.

Florence and three of his siblings were baptised at the RC church of St Mary & St Michael in Stepney which is where their parents married in the same year.

The strange thing is that the date of birth on this record is before the date of birth I have on his civil registration birth certificate. According to that he was born on 13 September 1858 [the informant was his mother Catherine Donovan - nee Flynn]. Yet the baptism record says he was born 6 September 1858 and baptised 7 September 1858. It also tells us his parents were John Donovan and Catherine [Catherina] Flynn so I'm pretty sure it's him.

Could the date on the registered certificate be wrong?

I know that he had a sister named Mary Ann born in 1861 and one of the sponsors on her baptism was Jeremiah Ryan which is interesting as one of the witnesses at John Donovan and Catherine Flynn's marriage [which took place at the RC church of St Mary & St Michael in Feb 1858] was a Jeremiah Ryan. Was he related?

Can anyone shed any light on this?

Matt

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Re: Catholic Birth/Baptism
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 14 January 21 02:00 GMT (UK) »
It's possible they left it past the 14 (or 21) days (I now can't remember) to register the birth & changed the date, this can be checked against the actual date it was registered?

This is quite a common occurrence  :)

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Re: Catholic Birth/Baptism
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 14 January 21 16:19 GMT (UK) »
It's possible they left it past the 14 (or 21) days (I now can't remember) to register the birth & changed the date, this can be checked against the actual date it was registered?

This is quite a common occurrence  :)

Annie

Hi Annie

Many thanks for that.

Matt