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Stillborn Births

Hi all,

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post to ask this question. I am trying to find out about a stillborn birth which was probably in 1959/1960. Can anyone point me in the right direction as to where I can possibly find out more information about this?

I do know the possible Christian name of the child and the rough location in London but not too sure if the surname would be the Fathers or the Mother. They couple in question married in December 1960 so if the birth was prior to this the child (a girl) could have either surname.

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Many thanks in advance.
Registration of stillbirth after 24 weeks pregnancy
When a baby is stillborn (born dead) after 24 weeks pregnancy, the stillbirth must be
registered in the stillbirth register. The process for registering a stillbirth combines
features of both birth and death registration.

Stillbirth before 24th week of pregnancy
There is no provision to allow the registration of stillbirths before the 24th week of
pregnancy. The charity Sands (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death charity) provides forms of
certificate that health care staff may use or adapt for a baby stillborn before 24 weeks


Thanks to both of you for your replies and for the information which you have given me. I will take a look at the above in the morning and possibly contact the GRO too.

Many thanks again.
I had a still birth in the 1970 and it was Registered

I'm so sorry to hear that Ellie. The baby in question would be my older sister. My brother informs me that 15 or so years ago a friend of his did some research on our family tree (this was prior to me starting my own research).

He tells me that my Mum had told him about the loss of our baby sister and that his friend had been able to access this information online somewhere. Unfortunately the information was not added to the tree as his friend did not want to in case my brother showed it to my Mother. I myself have checked and it appears that you cannot access this information online.

I have contacted the GRO and have had an automated reply to say they will be in touch soon.

This has all come as a bit of a shock as I know my Mum had a miscarriage in between my sister and brother but had no idea about the first baby which she lost. I do have a Christian name which my brother told me which would make sense as it was the name of Dad's sister who died at 21 from TB.