Back in 2001 and 2002, Julie posted here looking for info about her grandfather and great-uncle, who had been taken into a facility as young children in Kettering, Northamptonshire, in the 1880s.
Someone from the Mon(c)k board recently provided me with information about a resource I had not known existed, that has been very useful. I have emailed Julie to let her know about it, but a 2002 email address may have changed.
And since the FreeBMD site has proved so useful for my Monck birth / marriage / death searches in the 19th century in the UK, I thought I'd pass it on to my fellow Campions. ;)
This is what I wrote to Julie, who I hope sees it one way or another:
Hi Julie! We corresponded a bit some time ago about your Campions. My father's mother was a Campion from Wellingborough, which is near Kettering, you may remember.
I've just been corresponding with someone in the UK who seems to be from a branch of my mother's family, and he introduced me to this resource, that I had never heard of.
Click on "search". Note that the search page remains active for only a little while; you may have to go back to the home page (the link above) and start over with "search" -- otherwise, I'd give you the link to the search page directly.
You can search recorded UK births, deaths and marriages on line for what you're looking for, and then order the certificates once you have the information about the records.
The server at FreeBMD is very busy -- it's a non-profit organization -- and it recommends trying between midnight and 6 a.m. UK time.
Searching for births between 1880 and 1990 for Campion, John, in Northamptonshire (selected from the counties in the menu at the bottom) we get (the dates are the dates the births were recorded, usually a couple of months after the birth):
Births Jun 1883
Campion John Stanley - Newport Pagnell
Births Jun 1887
Campion John - Hardingstone
Births Dec 1889
Campion John - Lutterworth
They don't look like yours, although I don't know where those places are.
When we switch to "George", we get:
Births Mar 1887
Campion George Sydney - Wellingbro'
Births Mar 1888
CAMPION George Edward - Newport P
Those don't look too close either.
I tried George with more precise dates (you had said 1882, so I tried between Dec 1881 and Dec 1883), but *without* naming the county (in case they weren't born in Northamptonshire). I got this one in 1882:
Campion George William E - W. Derby **
I don't know where W. Derby is either. ;) Ah, I did a quick search, and it seems it's in Lancashire.
And for John (you had said 1884, so I tried beween Dec. 1883 and Dec. 1885):
Births Jun 1884
Campion John - W.Derby **
Campion John - Newton A.
Campion John Thomas - Chorlton
Births Sep 1884
Campion John Francis L - W.Derby **
Campion John Hawthorne - Toxteth Park
Births Mar 1885
Campion John Clarkston - Sleaford
Campion John David - Hackney
**** Look! You've got a George and a John, both born in W. Derby, in the correct years!! ****
Actually, two Johns born in W. Derby in 1884. An embarrassment of riches. ;)
You might try playing around with it. In case your names aren't quite right, you could try searching for Campion births in Northamptonshire, without given names, for specific dates, and see what comes up, for example -- or vice versa, in case your dates aren't quite right.
My grandfather, who was born in east London, always thought he was born in 1900, until he applied for a pension in Canada in 1965 and discovered, when he got his official birth certificate from England, that he was really born in 1901. ;)
If you do locate someone that you think is one of yours, you take the info about the volume etc. where the info is recorded, and follow the instructions for ordering certificates. I haven't looked into that myself yet, since I just found the site yesterday, so I can't help with any info about that process.
I hope this might be useful. If you've had any other luck finding George and John, do let me know!
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