Whenever I try to go from the index of my LDS 1881 census CD to an individual listing on another disc, it comes up with the error message: “Registry load error unable to find registry information”. I have de- and reinstalled the resource viewer (version 2) and subsequently replaced it with version 4. I have also reinstalled the 1881 index file. Can you suggest anything else I might try?
Mr E.A. Feaver, 1 The Glen, Addlestone KT15 1AQ.
It looks like you have a faulty disc. You’ll need to contact the LDS Distribution Centre in Solihull, on (0121) 712 1200, for a replacement.
ANOTHER SOURCE FOR ORPHANS
I refer to your answer in FHM 101 to Roy Stansmeare’s query about tracking down a relative who was put into an orphanage. The records of the Boards of Guardians at the London Metropolitan Archive includes a wealth of information on the children in their care, such as registers of deserted children, registers of admission and discharge, and for children in homes. As long as you have a name, approximate date and an idea of the area, you should be able to find something.
I have just done the same thing for own father and his brothers who were taken into the care by the Mile End Guardians in 1918. Their removal to North Hyde, St Mary’s Orphanage, is shown, together with the dates when they left the orphanage and where they were sent on leaving. Among the records was also a book which listed the schools and institutions taking children from the area. Other boards of guardians must have operated on a similar basis. Marion Pettitt, 1 Castle Hill, Lynton EX35 6JA, email@example.com.
I read the query from Christine MunfordGibbs in February’s issue and sympathised with her as I had a similar problem.
I had found the marriage of my 2x great grandmother but was unable to find where she had been born in 1835. In the 1881 census she gave her place of birth as Alton, Staffordshire and was living with her widowed mother who had been born in Cauldon, Staffordshire.
I could not find her in Alton but found someone of the same name in Cauldon. However the christening was two years later.
Fortunately, I have just found her on the 1861 census, just after her marriage. She gave her birth as being at Mappleton, Derbyshire, where I found her baptismal record. This village is close to Alton, but across the county boundary, and not at all well known. I assume she got fed up of people asking where Mappleton was and started saying Alton.
In fact I have three ancestors who have changed their place of birth in different census so it is always worth checking a different one if you “lose” someone.