Certified Muddle

Came across something interesting today… Leah Yeomans birth date on the 1939 register is listed as 5 Jan 1896. However, on her official birth certificate, the year of birth is recorded as 1897. Since you would imagine a birth certificate to be more accurate, I’ve always recorded her year of birth as 1897. But as … Read more Certified Muddle


William Henry ALLEN, son of Henry & Susanna ALLEN, was born around 1790 in Faversham, Kent. I can state this for sure┬ábecause of Bishop’s Transcripts. ┬áBefore this discovery, I only knew that William Henry ALLEN was a carpenter and the father of Mary Ann Allen since he appears on his daughter’s marriage certificate in 1848 … Read more The ALLEN Key

Future House Call (Using Google Street View)

Read 1st part here. After his second wife died, George seemed to move around, lodging at various places in London. His marriage to second wife Emily FELLA was so short that it didn’t feature in any of the censuses (they married in 1873 – she died in 1875). Luckily for me, Emily’s death certificate lists … Read more Future House Call (Using Google Street View)

Marriage Entries vs Marriage Certificates II

In 1848, George Wright PALMER married Mary Ann ALLEN in the parish church of Gillingham, Kent (St Mary Magdalene). George was a gunner in the Royal Navy and Mary was a carpenter’s daughter. Here is the certified copy of their marriage entry ordered from the GRO (click on the images to see a larger version): … Read more Marriage Entries vs Marriage Certificates II