Exploring Parish Birth Records.

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Website used – Ancestry.co.uk

Parish Birth Records can reveal a wealth of information.

  1. They can give us a date of birth.
  2. They can tell us where our ancestors lived.
  3. What parish they lived in, (useful for further research).
  4. The occupation of the father.
  5. They can give us both parent’s names, (very useful for corroboration in censuses).

The information we have is David Wilson born in 1902 in Newton Heath Lancashire.

Here are the results from our search

We now know David was born on August 30th 1902, they baptised him on Nov 14th 1902, his parents are William and Dinah Wilson, they live at 9 Brewerton Street in the parish of Pendleton Lancashire and his father was a coach-fitter.

We can use this information to discover siblings.

We can search using these criteria.

  1. First and Middle Name (s) – We leave blank
  2. Year – +/- 10 years to give us a 20 year window.
  3. Location – Newton Heath
  4. Father – William Wilson
  5. Mother – Dinah Wilson

If there are any siblings born around the same time, we should see them.

And here they are, there are 8 of them.

Here is the second on the list, Gladys, the entries match.

Her parents are William and Dinah Wilson, they live at 9 Brewerton Street and her father was a coach-fitter.

We know Gladys was born in 1901, so she may appear on the 1901 census. There is also a brother born in 1895 called Fred, so he should appear. We can now search the 1901 census.

A top tip to searching, start with an uncommon name first.

Here is the result, we can see William Wilson born around 1866 and we can see William is a coachbuilder. We can also see Dinah Wilson was born around 1865 (This information can now find their parents either on the Birth Register or The Birth Parish Register or the 1871 Census).

We can see William and Dinah, but not David or Gladys, but we can see Fred aged 6 (born 1895). If you look back to our search results, you can see there was a Fred born in 1895.

Next steps :-

Record all the siblings, check the 1911 census to find David and Gladys.Find their grandparents using their parents’ details starting with the 1871 census, then search parish births and then the civil birth register.

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