NSW BIRTH, DEATH & MARRIAGE INDEXES

ERRORS IN PLACE OF REGISTRATION

By John Graham

When the Federation index was released on CD-ROM in 1993, I found a couple of instances in my own research where the place of registration shown just did not fit the pattern of the family's known movements. For instance, a birth registered at Berry, followed by a birth two years later registered at Berrigan, and a third birth two years later again at Berry looked suspicious.

I referred the first couple of examples to Alison Morgan at the NSWRG, and after investigation she confirmed that some mistakes had slipped through. Alison explained that the problem occurred when two pages in a register volume stuck together while the place of registration was being extracted.

The symptoms to look for when you are suspicious of a location are quite simple to identify. If the location you think is wrong has no registrations for the year immediately before, and the year immediately after, the suspect registration, then your suspicion is almost certainly correct. If this is combined with the location you think should be correct having no registrations for the year of the suspect registration, but having registrations for the preceding year, then the location is definitely wrong and the Registry should be informed.

Those entries which I have so far identified as having an incorrect location are shown in the following table. Should you know of others, please contact me so that we can have this list as complete as possible.

Now that the indexes are available online at www.bdm.nsw.gov.au, it is advisable to first check any suspicious locations on this site as many corrections were made in the creation of the web database.

Some blocks of registrations can be clearly identified, but others can only have an approximate start and/or end number proven. These are indicated with an asterisk in the table.

Thanks to those who have contributed, particularly Jenny Paterson of the Burwood-Drummoyne FHG who has extended my original list considerably. However, from all the input received, it is clear that many more such cases are waiting to be discovered.

 

EVENT

 

INDEX YEAR

INCORRECT LOCATION

REFERENCE NUMBER RANGE

(* means approximate)

CORRECT LOCATION

BIR

1856

INVERELL

(4976-5002)

IPSWICH

BIR

1860

CASTLE HILL

(6379-6427)

CASSILIS

BIR

1874

KEMPSEY

(12593-12807)

KIAMA

BIR

1877

BELMONT

(8656-8711)

BERRIMA

BIR

1885

GRANVILLE

(22866-22983)

GRETA

BIR

1886

KATOOMBA

(24974-25174)

KIAMA

BIR

1894

BERRIGAN

(6451-6502)

BERRY

BIR

1895

BOWRAVILLE

(2058-2103)

BRAIDWOOD

BIR

1895

BOWRAVILLE

(11409-11469)

BRAIDWOOD

BIR

1895

BOWRAVILLE

(20937-20991)

BRAIDWOOD

BIR

1895

BOWRAVILLE

(30886-30957)

BRAIDWOOD

BIR

1901

BEMBOKA

(10373-10377)

BALLINA

BIR

1901

BERRIGAN

(10378-10396)

BALLINA

BIR

1901

BERRIMA

(10397-10400)

BALLINA

BIR

1901

BERRY

(10401-10407)

BALLINA

BIR

1901

BLAYNEY

(20250-20259)

BERRY

BIR

1916

FORBES

(10097-10196)

INVERELL

BIR

1916

FORBES

(19587-19673)

INVERELL

BIR

1916

FORBES

(34158-34272)

INVERELL

BIR

1916

FORBES

(49080-49174)

INVERELL

BIR

1916

PORTLAND

(8600-8622)

PORT MACQUARIE

BIR

1916

PORTLAND

(18968-18995)

PORT MACQUARIE

BIR

1916

PORTLAND

(30329-30382)

PORT MACQUARIE

BIR

1916

PORTLAND

(44247-44286)

PORT MACQUARIE

BIR

1917

PORTLAND

(5813-5966)

PORT MACQUARIE

BIR

1917

PORTLAND

(25840-25890)

PORT MACQUARIE

BIR

1917

PORTLAND

(36140-36191)

PORT MACQUARIE

BIR

1917

PORTLAND

(51651-51702)

PORT MACQUARIE

MAR

1878

PATERSON

(4355-4446)*

PARRAMATTA

MAR

1882

KATOOMBA

(5086-5125)

KIAMA

MAR

1886

GOODOOGA

(5155-5220)

GRAFTON

DTH

1856

BRISBANE WATER

(1820-1900)

BRISBANE/MORETON BAY

DTH

1859

BRISBANE WATER

(2651-2758)*

BRISBANE/MORETON BAY

DTH

1859

WEST WYALONG

(5564-5615)

WOLLONGONG

DTH

1860

ALBURY

(2790-2844)*

ARMIDALE

DTH

1860

CENTRAL CUMBERLAND

(4643-4653)

CONDOBOLIN

DTH

1860

COPELAND

(2115-2340)

CHIPPENDALE

DTH

1862

WEST WYALONG

(6393-6461)

WOLLONGONG

DTH

1865

WINDSOR

(2464-2493)*

WENTWORTH

DTH

1867

SUNNY CORNER

(3331-3467)

ST. GEORGE

DTH

1868

BREWARRINA

(3314-3479)

BRAIDWOOD

DTH

1871

BURROWA

(3163-3189)

BROULEE

DTH

1872

BERRIMA

(3352-3373)*

BOMBALA

DTH

1873

COONABARABRAN

(3845-3891)*

COOMA

DTH

1873

COONAMBLE

(3899-3935)

COONABARABRAN

DTH

1873

NYMAGEE

(2075-2219)

NEWTOWN

DTH

1874

BROKEN HILL STH

(4061-4153)

BRAIDWOOD

DTH

1877

COWRA

(4839-4840)*

COOMA

DTH

1878

BERRIMA

(4669-4709)*

BOMBALA

DTH

1879

WOLLOMBI

(9685-9763)*

WOLLONGONG

DTH

1880

BARRABA

(5604-5610)

BURRAWANG

DTH

1880

COWRA

(6247-6264)*

COONABARABRAN

DTH

1881

COOTAMUNDRA

(9320-9334)*

COONABARABRAN

DTH

1882

COOTAMUNDRA

(10519-10534)*

COONABARABRAN

DTH

1883

COOTAMUNDRA

(10103-10109)*

COONABARABRAN

DTH

1883

COWRA

(6580)

COOMA

DTH

1883

NIMITYBELLE

(10000-10048)

NARRANDERA

DTH

1884

BLAYNEY

(8828-8864)*

BEGA

DTH

1885

COOTAMUNDRA

(12511-12519)*

COONABARABRAN

DTH

1886

CAMPBELLTOWN

(7671-7704)*

CAMDEN

DTH

1887

BALRANALD

(6929-7020)

BERRIMA

DTH

1887

BEMBOKA

(12410-12425)

BUNGENDORE

DTH

1887

COLLARENEBRI

(7106-7171)

COWRA

DTH

1887

COONAMBLE

(10966-10982)*

COONABARABRAN

DTH

1887

COOTAMUNDRA

(10986-11023)*

COONAMBLE

DTH

1888

COOTAMUNDRA

(11655-11667)*

COONABARABRAN

DTH

1890

QUEANBEYAN

(11005-11031)*

PORT MACQUARIE

DTH

1895

KIAMA

(1674-1679), (5065-5067), (8809-8814), (12783-12785)

BERRY

DTH

1928

LEETON

(3208-3214), (6733-6738), (13980-13985), (22496-22498)

LAKE CARGELLIGO

DTH

1928

LYTTLETON

(4063-4071), (7430-7445), (14895-14912), (19252-19270)

LEETON

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