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GAY FAMILY HISTORY

and

BUNKER FAMILY HISTORY

The aim of this site is to trace

(1) all, or as many as possible of, the authors ancestors, of which THOMAS GAY (1763?1838?) and JOHN BUNKER (1740s1815) are the principal ones, and

(2) all, or as many as possible of, their descendants

 

the site is constantly being updated, especially now that the 1911 census of England is available, so drop by again occasionally

 

A DURHAM FAMILY HISTORY

A WIGLEY FAMILY HISTORY

A CYNDI'S LIST OF GENEALOGY SITES ON THE INTERNET

CONTENTS

INDEX TO PAGES

CHIEF ANCESTORS

PHOTOS

ALPHABETICAL LIST OF NAMES

S I T E M A P

WILLS OF THE GAY AND BUNKER FAMILIES

E M I G R A N T S

PEOPLE WHO EMIGRATED, OR MOVED WITHIN THE UNITED KINGDOM

WORLD WAR CASUALTIES

Š N O T E S

 

► SEVERAL BIRTH/MARRIAGE/DEATH CERTICATES

ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE PEOPLE LISTED

 

► LIVING PEOPLE ARE NOT SHOWN UNLESS THEY REQUEST TO BE

 

► DATES OF BAPTISM ARE ONLY GIVEN WHERE KNOWN AND WHERE THE DATE OF BIRTH IS NOT KNOWN

 

► IN CENSUS PAGES, ALL ADDRESSES ARE IN ENGLAND UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED

SERVANT, LODGER, ETC. MEANS WAY FROM HOME, AT ANOTHER ADDRESS

 

► PLACES IN ENGLAND ARE SHOWN AS IN THEIR HISTORICAL COUNTIES, SO LONDON IS SHOWN AS BEING IN MIDDLESEX, WHILST THE REST OF PRESENT DAY GREATER LONDON IS SHOWN AS BEING DIVIDED BETWEEN ESSEX, KENT, MIDDLESEX AND SURREY

 

► A QUESTION MARK AFTER A PIECE OF DATA OFTEN JUST MEANS THAT THE DATA IS NOT 100% DEFINITE, JUST AN INTELLIGENT GUESS

THE ENGLAND AND WALES BIRTH, MARRIAGE AND DEATH NATIONAL REGISTRATION SYSTEM

REGISTRATION DISTRICTS, REGISTER OFFICES AND QUARTERS

A ALSO THE UKBMD SITE FOR AN EXPLANATION

The indexes to the national registers, which started in 1837, when the national registration system began, and which are freely available to the public, also online, show the REGISTRATION DISTRICT in which the event happened, NOT THE ACTUAL PLACE registration districts can often cover wide areas - even places in more than one county and often have a name which has little bearing to the places it contains. They also often change. The birth/marriage/death certificate, which must be paid for, shows the actual place in which the event happened.

For example, the marriage register might show:

SMITH, JOHN STROOD

[REGISTRATION DISTRICT]

whereas the actual certificate will say he got married in Northfleet, Kent. So he didnt get married in Strood, Kent, but in Strood, Kent Registration District, (or Northfleet, Kent if the actual place is known) theres a big difference!

Northfleet, Kent is a good example of the registration district name being misleading Northfleet, although a medium sized town in its own right, over the years has been in the North Aylesford (15 km away), Strood (10 km away), Strood & Hoo, and Dartford (7 km away) registration districts, although it is some distance away from all of those towns

 

The REGISTER OFFICE is the main office in the registration district, and is the place where non-church, or civil weddings, take place.

 

QUARTERS: until 1984, there were four registers per year, one for every quarter (Q1 Jan-Feb-Mar, Q2 Apr-May-June, Q3 Jul-Aug-Sep, Q4 Oct-Nov-Dec).


The register will show, for example, a marriage in Apr-May-June this means that the marriage took place in the SECOND QUARTER, NOT NECESSARILY IN JUNE again, a big difference. Marriages are listed in the quarter that they actually took place births and deaths can however be REPORTED AFTER THEY TOOK PLACE, so if for example a birth or death is shown in the register for one quarter, it may actually have taken place in the previous quarter, and if it happens in December of one year, in may actually show up in the register for the first quarter of the following year.

Since 1984, the actual month of registration has been quoted, not the quarter.

BAPTISM and BIRTH DATES

Before 1837, in most cases only the date of BAPTISM was recorded, NOT THE DATE OF BIRTH. Although the baptism normally took place shortly after the birth, the latter can sometimes have taken place some time before there are often examples of two or more children being baptized on the same day, without their being necessarily twins perhaps the parents got a bulk discount for having them all done together. Also, as with the national register of births, children baptised in, say, January might have been born in December of the previous year. So, if a child is BAPTIZED IN YEAR X, although it was PROBABLY BORN IN THE SAME YEAR, IT IS NOT DEFINITE again, a big difference, which some researchers ignore. So any cases where a child is shown as born in a particular year, especially before 1837, may mean that is was really BAPTIZED in that year, and that the ACTUAL YEAR OF BIRTH IS UNKNOWN

Care must therefore be taken when consulting certain peoples data, as it is often formulated differently, for example June 1933 might really mean Q2 1933, ie. the quarter Apr-May-June, not the actual month of June; Newham, Essex might really mean Newham, Essex Registration District, not the actual place called Newham trees to which there is NO link here may contain misleading information or serious mistakes


AUTHOR: LES DURHAM

 

COMMENTS AND CORRECTIONS WELCOMED


SITE ORIGINALLY SET UP JULY 2008

 

PAGE UPDATED 6 FEBRUARY 2012