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Infant Baptism after Death?

Discussion in 'General Genealogical Queries' started by SWeaver, Jul 5, 2020.

  1. SWeaver

    SWeaver LostCousins Member

    I have a 3xgreat aunt who appears to have been baptised after being buried! I have her baptism record in a Church of England church on the 20th September 1862 but the only burial I can find is for the 11th September 1862 in the same church. I have checked the BMD indexes and birth and death appear - but of course in the same quarter so that doesn't help. Her parents on the baptism are correct and that is confirmed by using the look-up in the GRO certificate ordering site and using her mother's maiden name. Searches in censuses after her birth show no suitable candidates....................... All the dates surrounding hers in the parish records give no indication that either one is wrong.
  2. Margery

    Margery LostCousins Member

    Maybe a second child named after her late sibling?
  3. Pauline

    Pauline LostCousins Superstar

    While it is not unheard of for clergy to bend the rules and baptise a very recently deceased infant, I can’t see anyone baptising someone already buried.

    So either, as Margery says, the two events do not relate to the same child, or there is an error in one of the registers, though I see you have already checked for date errors.

    Maybe you will need to get the certificates to solve this one.
  4. SWeaver

    SWeaver LostCousins Member

    Thank you both for your replies. Think maybe I do need to try and get copies of the certificates to attempt to solve this.
  5. sunflower

    sunflower LostCousins Member

    I have come across the same record with different dates but relating to exactly the same event. In my case it was the Church Register and the Bishop's Transcript that did not agree. I took the Church Register entry to be the correct one but I suppose it could be either . Could you check to see if this is the case with your 3 x great aunt.
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