Friday 14 May 2004 11.03am
On the 20th April I applied online via Southwarks website for a copy of my mothers birth certificate, the money was taken from my account...after a week or so I was called by Southwark to confirm my address....yesterday I was phoned by a very polite young lady who said because I had only stated that Mum was born in Southwark, and that I did not know what Sub-District she was born in ( that was the whole purpose of this excercise to get information!) she would be unable to go through all the books for 1918 as there would be too many.... so ..I can remember Bermondsey Borough Council, Rotherhithe,Walworth,Dulwich..Peckham? how many books should there be?
She has told me to go to the family records centre which would be far more expensive than obtaining a copy from Southwark ( well in theory!)
Cutting all this waffle short if the flipping sub-district is imperitave in finding a birth certificate, why on earth does the site not state that?
Is there any one out there who can confirm that what I have been told is correct? I have obtained certificates from other boroughs with out any problems...