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rob123
01-06-19, 11:36
We were wondering if anyone can offer some advice. When my wife’s parents registered her birth, there was an error on her birth certificate; her name was written as Sindy, but should have been spent with a C. When it was pointed out, it was changed on the birth certificate, which the registrar initialed, but did not change it in the register itself. This was only found out when she needed to have a replacement birth certificate. We have tried to get it changed and they suggested we contact the church where she was baptised, but that has closed down, and we are have trouble locating baptism records. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thank you.

AntonyM
01-06-19, 12:55
Are either of the parents still living ?

rob123
01-06-19, 14:37
Yes her dad, but sadly he is starting with dementia.


Are either of the parents still living ?

AntonyM
01-06-19, 16:04
Any change to the child's name recorded in the birth register is a significant one, and known as a correction of an "error of fact or substance". Once the entry has been signed by the informant and the registrar, it can't just be changed without a specific procedure - the issue should have been addressed at the time. What you cannot ever do is make the change on the certificate - because that has to be a proper copy of the information in the register, so it sounds like the registrar at the time was trying to use a dodgy shortcut to avoid having to follow the proper process.

To get the change made, the Superintendent Registrar of the district concerned will have to submit a report to get permission from the Registrar General. They will need evidence that it was an error at the time, and not just a later change of mind, so the "corrected" certificate may be able to help show that. But the GRO manual does give a list of documents that can be used as evidence - one is a baptismal certificate (hence why you were advised to try and get one), the others are official documents (such as bank books, health card, etc.) but should have been issued within 3 months of the birth. Not having such documents doesn't stop you making the application for the correction though - the RG can still make a decision based on whatever is available (and your statement)

The reason I asked about the parents is that having a qualified informant available may make things slightly easier.

rob123
01-06-19, 16:22
Thank you Antony.