Reg­is­ter­ing a gap

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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 ( uk) as I think that was com­piled from the Bishop’s Tran­scripts.

The du­pli­cate book was a pre-1st July 1837 reg­is­ter with

SDV Twice on the same census­wES5 Could the same per­son ap­pear twice on the same census?

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

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