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From: "Margaret Owens" <>
Subject: Fw: [CON] Date of Birth?
Date: Fri, 3 Sep 2004 08:08:30 +1000
Dear Judy, Kathy & all,
I agree with what Kathy says ... mistakes do happen, even in modern times.
Going back a few years, my friend Sue and I decided to go to London on a
shopping trip (left Holyhead, North Wales on the 5.15 am train, returning
from London on the 7.?? pm train on the return trip ... Mad eh!!) and during
the course of the day, we ended up at the BD&Ms (as every sane person
normally does??) which was situated on The Strand at the time. Whilst I
went to find some information pertaining to my Family History, Sue went off
to have a look for her family. She came back very worried and said "What do
you do when you find something wrong?". I said "Report it to the people at
the query desk", so off we went to the desk to report the mistake.
The lady looked at Sue as if she had 2 heads, when Sue reported the mistake.
"What do you mean" said the lady, very indignantly. Sue replied " I want to
report that you have my daughter's name registered wrongly. Her name is
Rebecca Louise, no Recca Louise." Sue showed the woman her driver's
licence, to prove who she was, the mother of the child, but the woman still
had doubts, and said that Sue needed her daughter's birth certificate and
Sue's marriage certificate (what that had to do with it I'll never know),
before anything could be changed in the records.
Anyway, after returning home, Sue obtained copies of Rebecca's birth
certificate and her own Marriage certificate, along with a signed
declaration from a Magistrate and sent it off to London. A couple of months
later, I returned to London and went and had a look at the records for Sue,
and sure enough, the entry had been changed.
The funny part of the story is that for years Rebecca had been called '
recca ' by friends and family, because of all the mischief she used to get
into. The 'little' lady is now 21 years of age.
OPC St Just in Penwith & Pendeen