In the below Irish birth records, two entries that interest me, 476 and 477, were crossed out, with some cursive writing on top of them (most visible in entries 473, 474, and 476). What is written there, and what does it mean?

Irish birth records

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I can't read the script yet. But we can say what it meant - if you look at the vertical annotation to the right, it explains that the registrations were cancelled because the qualification of the informant was not stated. Births and deaths in the English / Welsh registration system, and apparently the Irish I see from the image here, can only be reported by certain people. This is supposed to ensure that the information the Registrar gets, comes from someone who is connected with the event in question and is therefore a good source. In this case, there is only a name, place of residence and the word "Informant". No justification, therefore, is given why on earth the Registrar should have believed them. Exactly who could report a birth I don't know but there is (even today) a list of who qualifies, starting with the parents.

Nobody was saying that the birth didn't take place, nor necessarily that the details were wrong. Rather that the registration was faulty.

I wonder if the births were re-registered later? In which case the scribble might refer to the replacement registrations???

For information: this is the current advice from the GOV.UK site on registering a birth if you are not the parent:

If the parents can’t register the birth (eg for medical reasons), certain other people can do it:

  • someone who was present at the birth
  • someone who is responsible for the child
  • a member of the administrative staff at the hospital where the child was born

This may or may not match the Irish situation then.

  • Thank you for answering the question I should have asked! Yes, the births were registered somewhere else. Commented Jul 29, 2018 at 23:54

Great explanation from @AdrianB38!

It appears to me that the script reads, "Tabulate."

  • I think you're right. I wish I could mark both answers correct. Commented Jul 29, 2018 at 23:55
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    Thanks, Ellen. Adrian's response was far more complete. Commented Jul 31, 2018 at 0:22

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