Every now and again when I am searching the GRO indexes of births or deaths, I find a nearby registration where the Registration District is not what I expect.
The most recent example is:
Births Dec 1891 LUSCOMBE Albert Edward Totnes 5b 179
For the person I was researching, I would have expected a registration in Kingsbridge. When I searched the online index on the GRO's certificate ordering website, I found this result:
LUSCOMBE, ALBERT EDWARD (BURGOYNE) GRO Reference: 1891 D Quarter in KINGSBRIDGE Volume 05B Page 179
Note that the Volume and page are the same for both these registrations.
I don't want to order the certificate from the GRO simply to find out what it says. Can I use the techniques in the related question What "hidden" clues are there in the GRO Indexes of births and deaths? to do a check on the data before I order?
Or is the solution much more straightforward? What if I simply look at all registrations for Totnes Volume 5B page 179 on FreeBMD, then search the GRO's index to see if the other entries are Kingsbridge as well?
I have checked this single entry on the images at FreeBMD and other sites, and the printed index does say Totnes. Since FreeBMD's indexers take great care in their work, I suspect I may have stumbled on a case where the printed index is at fault. The GRO's online index, though it has errors of its own, was generated by going back to the original quarterly returns.
How would you investigate this discrepancy?