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Are You My Father?
 

Are You My Father?

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    Are You My Father? Are You My Father? Presentation Transcript

    • Who was John Darrington’s father?
    • There was no father listed on John’s English civil registration birth certificate.
      John Darrington, 30 May 1850, birth registration no. 241, district of Saint Neots, Huntingdon, England.
      FamilySearch Wiki Article: Illegitimacy
    • The Elba, Idaho LDS Ward records listed John’s father as Fred Bird.
      Elba, Idaho Ward, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Annual Genealogical Report, Form E, 1907-1948,
      (click to go to the FHL Catalog Record)
    • Frederick Bird
      ?
    • Which Frederick Bird was John’s father?
    • No Parish Registers for Eynesbury available transcribed online or microfilmed at the FHL
      No Poor Law records for Huntingdonshire microfilmed at the FHL
      The Dilemma…
      The Solution…
      Census Records
    • 1851 England Census Overview
      Eynesbury was an agricultural community
      Charles Darrington was an agricultural laborer
      Frederick Bird could have been a migrating farm worker
    • 3 Potential Matches in the 1851 Census on Ancestry.com
      (Click the sound button to learn about each Frederick Bird.)
    • The likely match…
      William Woodward household, 1851 England Census, Graffham, Huntingdonshire, page 14, (www.ancestry.com accessed November 8, 2010).
    • Although there was no direct evidence connecting this Frederick Bird to Ann Darrington, the circumstantial evidence made him a very strong candidate to be John’s biological father.
      A deeper look into the census records revealed that this Frederick Bird eventually married and had (more) children:
      Ann Keech
      Arthur Benjamin Bird
      George Frederick Bird
      Edwin Bird
      Frederick Bird of Graffham…