Are You My Father?

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Who was John Darrington’s father?

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  • 1.Who was John Darringtons father?

2. There was no father listed on Johns English civil registration birth certificate.
John Darrington, 30 May 1850, birth registration no. 241, district of Saint Neots, Huntingdon, England.
FamilySearch Wiki Article: Illegitimacy
3. The Elba, Idaho LDS Ward records listed Johns father as Fred Bird.
Elba, Idaho Ward, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Annual Genealogical Report, Form E, 1907-1948,
(click to go to the FHL Catalog Record)
4. Frederick Bird
5. Which Frederick Bird was Johns father?
6. No Parish Registers for Eynesbury available transcribed online or microfilmed at the FHL
No Poor Law records for Huntingdonshire microfilmed at the FHL
The Dilemma
The Solution
Census Records
7. 1851 England Census Overview
Eynesbury was an agricultural community
Charles Darrington was an agricultural laborer
Frederick Bird could have been a migrating farm worker
8. 3 Potential Matches in the 1851 Census on
(Click the sound button to learn about each Frederick Bird.)
9. The likely match
William Woodward household, 1851 England Census, Graffham, Huntingdonshire, page 14, ( accessed November 8, 2010).
10. Although there was no direct evidence connecting this Frederick Bird to Ann Darrington, the circumstantial evidence made him a very strong candidate to be Johns biological father.
A deeper look into the census records revealed that this Frederick Bird eventually married and had (more) children:
Ann Keech
Arthur Benjamin Bird
George Frederick Bird
Edwin Bird
Frederick Bird of Graffham