Originally Posted by Ponster
> I'm nearly sure one of my direct ancestor's was born some time in the 1840s, how would I go about finding out exactly when or is it even possible?
Even with the advice above there's a good chance that all you're likely to find is a death cert which gives an approximate year of birth. With more luck they'll have died in the same parish that they were born and that the parish records are available and that you can dig up the correct birth cert. My experience pre-1864 when people didn't have birthcerts has been patchy at best.
It's my great grandparents I'm looking to get info on. He was almost certainly born in the 1840s and he died in 1894. Quite and awkward time period for records.
I know his date of death but I don't have a death cert, I do have his will though and his father's will (that's how I know he was the eldest son).
His wife (my great grandmother) unfortunately died shortly after giving birth to my grandad way back in the 1880s, so I don't know a lot about her.
I've always wondered why neither of them are on the family headstone (my great great grandfather was the first buried there), and I'd like to add them on it, once I'm certain they're buried in the plot.