LOOKING FOR THE “J” IN JAMES J. PICKUP?
My research into the birth of James led me to the New South Wales Births Deaths and Marriages Family History Research page i.e. https://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/Pages/family-history-research/family-history-search.aspx
- Just hit the “start searching” button.
- Select what your looking for a birth, a death or a marriage. In this instance a “birth”.
- Type in what you do know and a ballpark date. I searched for :
Name Fields>>James J. Pickup : Father>> John : Mother>> Mary : Date Range>>1829 – 1918
- Hit the search button (it’s free to search, however, these records do not contain the mother’s maiden name).
- What came up? Very simple, so far.
- Well, there was a James J. Pickup and probably my James Pickup but there was no District, so I wasn’t convinced. I decided to ask a G.S.Q. Research Assistant about the Registration Number. What could all those numbers mean and what could I do with them?
“Why, G.S.Q. has those records available to members for the price of a photocopy! You don’t need to purchase a certificate through New South Wales, Births, Deaths and Marriages”.
Needless to say, I was very impressed.
She explained: – Simply, this is a pre-registration baptism record.
Compulsory civil registration began in 1856 in New South Wales and as Queensland did not separate from New South Wales until 10 December 1859, this also applied in Queensland.
- “Okay, so what’s the process?”
- The drawers at the back of the Resource Centre contain many mysteries to me but this one is clear to me now.
The 4729 is the record number which was used to create the index (this can be very faded and is not always on each page) – so be patient.
The 1855 is the Baptism Year but not necessarily the birth year.
The V18554729 is the combination of the record number and the year.
The 42B (you can disregard the ‘B’) is the important one – it tells you which microfilm to search and is labelled on each box. Each tape of the microfilm has recorded on it baptisms, marriages and burials for a set time period – in that order and sometimes over two tapes, so it may not be on the first tape you search. “Can’t find it!” – check the date on the outside of the boxes and you may find you need to search the next tape.
- Use the Proscan (instructions available at G.S.Q. or simply ask one of the helpful volunteers).
- Searching the microfilm is not as simple as it would seem. The number I was looking for was not easily seen and patience was required but my search paid off – I found James J. Pickup’s birth date 3 May 1855 and baptism 24 June 1855.
- I had also set out to find out the occupation of James J. Pickup’s father – John Pickup – but alas it was not on either children’s baptism record or his marriage record. So that remains a mystery – but I did find the “J” stood for Jackson (his grandmother’s maiden name), that he was definitely born in Bathurst, and his exact birth and baptism dates and copies of records to prove it.
THAT’S JUST ONE OF THE REASONS I AM A MEMBER OF THE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF QUEENSLAND.