Monday, 18 April 2016

A-Z Challenge 2016: O is for Olive Frances Murch 1891
Olive Frances Murch's place of birth is difficult to pin down.  On the 1911 census, she was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire.  On the 1901 census, she was born in Balsall Heath, Worcestershire.  The GRO (General Register Office) has her registered in the Aston Registration District, which covers Birmingham.  Wherever she was born, on both the above censuses she was living with her aunt and uncle, Ellen and George Newbold, who ran a pub in Balsall Heath (which is part of Birmingham).  By the time Olive was 20, she was working as an insurance clerk.

This goes to show how careful you have to be with assigning a county to a town/city.  Most genealogists will recommend that you write down only what was there at the time, even if the boundaries have moved since then.  (A nightmare in point is the city of Bristol, which is variously written as being in Somerset, Gloucestershire, Avon, and its own county of B&NES - Bristol and North East Somerset.)

Olive features in the Murch Surname Study - which covers a LOT of counties!

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