|Posted By:||Alex Dow|
|Subject:||Re: REED Family Bible Australia|
|Post Date:||April 16, 2012 at 03:25:42|
|Forum:||Scotland Genealogy Forum|
If you go to Scotland's People, there is a DEATH of a Joseph Reed in 1871, aged 0 (zero) Years.
This suggests that it may be a second child given that name, cf the 1867 Birth. That happened in my family around the same time.
Only careful checking of the Statutory Registers for BMDs will probably produce the answers.
Scotland's People is the most comprehensive site for Scottish BMDs; and all of the Original Records of that era have been Scanned, with the IMAGEs available to VIEW and Download to your PC, on-line and "immediately".
There is a Joseph Reed Birth in 1867; but I had to use the "Surname Variants" offering to locate that Birth.
SP is pernickety on spellings, so whilst starting of with the "Exact ..." selection, always try at least the Variants and Soundex selections as well.
Note that all of the UK Registry systems use Volume, Folio and Page references in the Indexing systems, so that the actual Dates are of limited use until getting further in to the records.
Also always try at least one year either side of the expected year, opening up to +-10 years if great uncertainty in the first place.
Although the biible was printed in Edinburgh, the family seems to have lived elsewhere in Scotland.
Incidentally, when posting such requests, it is worth giving the "Publishing" Date or Year on the frontispiece of the bible. (As far as I can check, it was published in 1876. If so, then the family information is not conteporaneous, ie added some variable time after the individual event.)
From 1867 to 1871 inclusive there are 19 Joseph Reed (inc variants) Births recorded.
Statutory or Civil Registration of BMDs (SR) started in Scotland, 1st January 1855; and these records have a wealth of detail.
Prior to that date, we have to tely on the Old Parish Records (OPRs) kept mainly by the presbyterian churches of Scotland - and these are far from complete.
Additionallu, the information recorded is basically for the Baptism with the Birth Date an add-on.
All too frequently, there is literally NO MENTION of the MOTHER!!
<Calendar Date> This day, John Smith presented a child for Baptism, named John, <occasionally Birth Date>.
I would recommend you to first extract as much information as you can, from the various Australian Archives, Registries etc, starting with your husband; and working back generation by generation.
The more solid your Australian data, the greater the chance of linking back to the UK accurately.
Although nI think the bible information is likely to be accurate in itself, to follow it up at this stage may result in followingthe wrong line in the UK.