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Birth Certificate

Available for most births after July 1st 1837

According to the Bible we know that Gladys Florence Lewin Horwood was born on Oct 21st 1891 - and the 1901 census (view) supports the

Task: Confirm the details of the birth and determine her mother's maiden name.

The quickest way to search the Birth Certificate index is by using the FreeBMD web site.

First Name Gladys
Last Name Horwood
From Dec 1891
To Dec 1891

The search produces a single response:

Births Dec 1891

Horwood Gladys Florence L Holborn 1b 730

Using the above reference a copy of the birth certificate was purchased online from the General Register Office:

Registration District Holborn
Sub-district Goswell Street in the County of London
When and where born Twenty first October 1891; 10 Chadwell Street
Name, if any Gladys Florence Lewin
Sex Girl
Name and surname of father Thomas William Horwood
Name, surname and maiden name of mother Florence Maud Horwood formerly King
Occupation of father Diamond mounter
Signature, description and residence of informant Eliza M King; Aunt; present at the birth; 10 Chadwell Street
When Registered Twenty eighth November 1891
Signature of registrar John Wright; Register
Result of Investigation

The certificate provides the basic information about Gladys's birth and shows that the family were living at 10 Chadwell Street - which is where they were in the 1901 census (view). It confirms that Gladys's father, Thomas William Horwood, was in the jewellery trade and her mother's maiden name was King. The Aunt, Eliza King, is almost certainly the Eliza ?Kery? who was living in the house in 1901.

[The information found agrees with, and extends, the information given in the bible (view)]


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