Registering a gap
I have just read the August issue of WDYTYA? Magazine with the feature about gaps in parish registers and found a case that illustrates it beautifully. I seem to have discovered several marriages missing from some indexes and others possibly missing from all.
I was recently asked to carry out a check for the Staffordshire BMD co-ordinator at Stafford Record Office. They had discovered in the Hanley Registrar’s office that the register for St Mary’s, Bucknallcum-Bagnall, Staffordshire, had a page torn out and the registrar had no note of when it was done. They asked me to look at the church register, to see if it existed there.
At the record office, the staff not only had the original register but also a duplicate book. The main register was the post-1st July 1837 book. Looking through it, I found a note on page 236 by the vicar: “This page has been torn out in a corresponding register book by some person while it lay on the altar table of the church of Bucknall during service”
That problem was explained, but, of course, the two missing marriages can only be found on the FreeBMD site ( freebmd.org. uk) as I think that was compiled from the Bishop’s Transcripts.
The duplicate book was a pre-1st July 1837 register with
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I ask because I have come across two people with the same name and same age, living in the same area. One is married to a person with the spouse’s name as it