Re :UK, England, Lancashire—Nonconformist Church Records, 1647–1996 [Part B][MSL6-2D7]
I am indexing Lancashire Non Conformist Records and am trying to reconcile the type of Record. The only ones offered are Baptisms, Marriages and Deaths. I identified the records for a second opinion regarding type on Find My Past. These are not Baptism Records as Baptists do not baptise children until they are abt 12, they make them children of Record and give them a blessing . The Record gives two dates born and Registered and sometimes these dates are several years apart, the records are too valuable not to index, but misleading if they are indexed as Baptisms.(Find My Past only quotes the birth date.) I have encountered other misleading information in the past when Banns for Marriage were indexed as Marriages which sometimes never took place. Is it possible for additional categories to be suggested so that we can index these records correctly.
I can envisage conflicting information being entered on our Family Tree and have encountered many email discussions in the past when I discovered a Marriage which did not take place within one of my families despite the calling of Banns. The record had been indexed as Marriages and claimed as such, but when the image was discovered it clearly said Banns, and as one of the parties involved was still married (albeit separated) there was obviously and objection. This cleared up why certain children were named differently and gave the reason why, They were then regathered as a complete family.
By further investigation regarding place names I have identified the County as York not Lancashire and we were informed on the instructions that the records contained mixed Counties so this is not a problem.
I am sorry if I sound complaining but I am unsure how to proceed with this batch.