brackets on records #records


Would anyone have any experience in brackets on records, please?

I have read that '(MALE) or (FEMALE) accompanied by surname' on birth records indicates a baby that might have passed and so no name given. Is this also possible with adoption? This is 1930's UK.

Thanks in advance
Mandy Molava
Researching Brest Belarus Russia Galacia and much more.

Mike Coleman

Hi Mandy,

On your first point, I think this might be the case if the child had died very soon after birth and before the parents were able to register her/him, when living, with a given name.

The identity of the Informant could clarify that.

It would be worth checking whether there was a corresponding contemporary death entry.

Another possibility might be if the parents, whilst having to make the registration within the deadline, had not then decided on a name.

As regards adoption, this might occur if the birth parents were unwilling to name her/him for themselves.

Again, the identity of the Informant could shed some light on that.

I look forward to others' views.

Mike Coleman   London  U.K.





Thank you

There isn't a death record for the same year.

The one I found was April - June quarter. The birth record I was looking for was Jan - March quarter, to see if I could spot a name as an adoption did take place 3 months later, was just ruling this one out and thought he might have been a late entry? Was told the record had been destroyed in a fire, but I was double checking.

Mandy Molava
Researching Brest Belarus Russian Galicia and much more