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From: "Heather Bray" <>
Subject: Re: [nz] Errors !! at official NZ Births,Deaths and Marriages office (was Family trees online)
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2011 08:23:48 +1200
I have had the same issue on two occasions. I have the original birth (1904)
and death (1910) certificates which were issued at the time of the event.
But the RGO's office tell me they do not have copies which is why they are
not in the indexes. I sent them a photocopying but they would not add it to
On the other side of the coin I have a duplicate birth certificates for
1938. The same birth registered two days apart by the same person with all
the same details in cluding the exact spelling of the same Christian names.
And no it was not twins. The birth took place in Lawrence and the father
registered the birth and then for some unknown reason re-registered it two
days later. The RGOs tells me it is two births and must be twins. I spoke to
both the child and his elderly mother back in the 1980s and she told me it
was a single birth but has no idea why her husband registered it twice.
[mailto:] On Behalf Of Somers
Sent: Tuesday, 23 August 2011 8:48 a.m.
Subject: Re: [nz] Errors !! at official NZ Births,Deaths and Marriages
office (was Family trees online)
Yes, it does happen.
About 12 years ago I was looking long and hard for my Grandfather's Marriage
Certificate (1st Marriage - 1912). I even drove down to Hamilton to look in
the beautifully bound registers at the Library for an Intent to Marry. I
was perplexed as I found all his siblings Intent to Marry and some of the
neighbours whose names I recognised, but NO GRANDFATHER, nor under
I wrote to Births Deaths and Marriages in Wellington requesting a Fee
Search. I received a letter back stating they could not find any record and
had even researched two years either side of the date/year I had given them.
About five years ago I was visiting an older cousin in Melbourne, Australia
and just happened to say that I couldn't find our Grandfather's Marriage
details in the official records. She said "it must be there, I've got a
copy of the Marriage Certificate that Mum gave me some time ago" She must
have been the ONLY cousin that I had not asked previously!
With a copy of the official Marriage Certificate document in hand, I again
wrote to Dept of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Wellington, asking if they
were now able to locate this marriage in the Register. If not, could this
information be included in official records (remembering that I had spent
many, many unsuccessful hours trying to find this Marriage and didn't want
other interested persons to suffer the same outcome). I enclosed a copy of
the FULL Marriage Certificate. A letter duly arrived in response stating
"they could not add this to any official records as there WAS NO ROOM for
additions" ! Oh my goodness :-)) So there it is - official, but not in
the Intent to Marry or New Zealand BDM records!
Auckland New Zealand
Sent: Monday, August 22, 2011 7:03 PM
To: Steve ; New Zealand list
Subject: Re: [nz] Family trees online
Further, I have found errors in Family Search and Ancestry, have tried to
contact the author, no reply. They have happily found what they thought was
correct data and published it::::: and when found on their research the
error/s and corrected them, just forgot to correct the published errors.
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