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Are You My Father?


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Are You My Father?

  1. 1. Who was John Darrington’s father?<br />
  2. 2. There was no father listed on John’s English civil registration birth certificate.<br />John Darrington, 30 May 1850, birth registration no. 241, district of Saint Neots, Huntingdon, England.<br />FamilySearch Wiki Article: Illegitimacy<br />
  3. 3. The Elba, Idaho LDS Ward records listed John’s father as Fred Bird. <br />Elba, Idaho Ward, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Annual Genealogical Report, Form E, 1907-1948,<br />(click to go to the FHL Catalog Record)<br />
  4. 4. Frederick Bird<br />?<br />
  5. 5. Which Frederick Bird was John’s father?<br />
  6. 6. No Parish Registers for Eynesbury available transcribed online or microfilmed at the FHL<br />No Poor Law records for Huntingdonshire microfilmed at the FHL<br />The Dilemma…<br />The Solution…<br />Census Records<br />
  7. 7. 1851 England Census Overview <br />Eynesbury was an agricultural community<br />Charles Darrington was an agricultural laborer<br />Frederick Bird could have been a migrating farm worker<br />
  8. 8. 3 Potential Matches in the 1851 Census on<br />(Click the sound button to learn about each Frederick Bird.)<br />
  9. 9. The likely match… <br />William Woodward household, 1851 England Census, Graffham, Huntingdonshire, page 14, ( accessed November 8, 2010).<br />
  10. 10. 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.<br />A deeper look into the census records revealed that this Frederick Bird eventually married and had (more) children:<br />Ann Keech<br />Arthur Benjamin Bird<br />George Frederick Bird<br />Edwin Bird<br />Frederick Bird of Graffham…<br />