Please can anybody help me I am looking for my Grandads mum and dads name all I have got is his name John Davison DOB 02.02.1878 and that he lived in Sheffield.If anybody can help it would be brilliant.
Is the quoted date of birth - accurate ?.
Kind regards Brian.
Jul 21, 2012 - 3:20PM
Re: my grandad
Hi Elaine in Ottawa Thanks for the information will try your suggestion, but I think I will have to go o Sheffield. Thanks again.
Let me explain a little more about the birth index.
The General Registry Office index has many mistakes in it.
In brief what happened was all the district offices for BMD's would then send their entries on to the central one in Sheffield who would then make another list out and send on London in those days where another index would be made.
You can see right there that there is room for errors.....
About 12 years ago now it was decided to re index those Sheffield ones and Sheffield & District Family Histsory Society
took up the challenge.
Our good friend Angela Treweek was one person behind the projects
and they found many mistakes.
This new index is on the Sheffield Council Site.
BUT it has also been placed on a CD which can be purchased from S&DFHS.
FreeBMD is the old index.
There is a book by Michael Whitfield Frost of New Zealand (A Comedy of Errors)
who paid his own way to England and did a paper audit of the
system in the 1990's. He was the only one who been allowed
to do such an audit for which we are ever grateful.
What was needed as far as Sheffield was concerned was exactly
what S&DFHS were finally able to accomplish. Even I had tried to get at those records at the Registry Office but from
my home in Ottawa it was impossible.
So you can see from this we really can help you but we will need more information so we can turn him up on a census.
I can feel it in my bones folks are chomping at the bit to help you. LOL.
According to the 1911 census John and his wife Alice DAVISON were living in Whitford near Normanton.
They had been married for 5 years (supports the 1905 marriage which Julia has evidence of).
John says that he was born in Sheffield and is aged 33 making him born 1878.
Alice is 24 making her born 1887 in Blackpool Lancs.
John's occupation is Underground Colliery Deputy Manager.
There are children:
Frank, Arthur and Millicent with another child having died.
Working back from this:
12 Jun 1905 - Horbury, St Peter and St Leonard, Yorkshire, England
On the 1901 census:
John DAVISON is lodging with Tom & Emma HEELEY in Liversedge,Dewsbury, he's aged 23 (born 1878) in Sheffield, he's a Coal Miner's Labourer (below).
I thought you would have but, we always start with the more recent and work our way back so, I posted the most recent reliable information available so that anyone else can see where to work back from. Have you found anything further back from the 1911 census, i.e. any earlier census?
Hi Marlene, Thanks for you information but yes I hve found out that my Grandad was a boarder living with Tom and Emma Heeley in Liversedge in the 1901 census, but after that I cannot find anything else. Thanks Julia.