Problem with Attaching England & Wales Birth & Death Registrations
This is a topic resurrected after raising it several times in “getsatisfaction” and not yet resolved or justified.
Any “genealogist” I would expect, would consider a Birth Registration to be evidence of a birth.
FamilySearch – in the early days up to around 2016/17 perhaps – any Birth Registrations for England & Wales were attached directly (tagged) to the Birth “Vital” event and the “Name” and did not appear in the “Other” category.
Since that time, such Birth Registration records are now considered as not being related to the Birth “Vital” event and are filed under “Other” – but continue to be tagged to the “Name”.
Meaning that any examination of the sources attached to the Birth will not list the Birth Registration – and it might be the only source pertaining to the birth.
Other sources – for example – census and death registrations can and are linked (tagged) to the Birth “Vital” event.
I believe these other sources are linked to the birth because they either include a birth date or an age at the time of the record from which a birth year can be calculated.
Whereas the Birth Registration does not carry a “birth date” or “age” at registration – and it seems, therefore cannot be attributed to the birth.
Sounds like a rule made by a technician rather than a genealogist.
To correct this mistake of not tagging the birth for Birth Registrations entails having to backtrack and update the Birth tags after every Birth Registration is attached.
There is a similar but slightly different issue regarding Death Registrations for England & Wales . . .
Again, as for birth registrations – in the earlier period of FamilySearch these were attached (tagged) to the Name and the Death – and nothing posted to “Other” . . . however, now:
1837-1865 . . . . continues, correctly, with the same tagging of Death and Name and clearly equates the “Registration Year” with the year of Death (whereas in the Birth Registration – the Registration Year is not considered as the year of Birth) - with no posting of the Death Registration to “Other”.
1866-Q1 1969 . . . . now has “age at death” and so can calculate a birth year and tags the Birth as well.
Q2 1969-1977 . . . . now has a given birth date and continues to correctly tag the death and birth.
1978-1983 . . . . same information as previous but only tags the Birth and adds the Death Registration to “Other” – the Vital “Death” is not tagged.
1984-2004 . . . . similar to 1978-1983 but now adds the first month of the quarter to the registration year in the Death Registration posted to the “Other” category – continues to not tag the Vital “Death”.
2005-2007 . . . . same information as previously but now correctly tags the Death and Birth in Vitals and does not post anything to the “Other” category.
Meaning for death registrations between 1978 and 2004 we must backtrack to update the Death tag.
I trust someone at FamilySearch can see the inconsistency here in the processing of England & Wales Birth & Death Registration records.