However, if an event is registered later then it will be included in the register some time after the event occurred. In this case the quarter in which the event should have appeared is often annotated with a (hand written) entry (the late entry reference) that points to the quarter in which the event has been registered (the late entry). This is done by putting into the Page column text like
See D/39which means that the event was registered in the December quarter of either 1839 or 1939 depending on the year of the entry.
Although late entries do occur for Marriages and Deaths, most of them (over 99%) are for Births.
Smith John Liverpool 8B See M/31which is a late entry reference which indicates that there is an entry in March 1931 which should have been recorded in this quarter and should appear as indicated by the insertion mark. Then in March 1931 we have
Smith John Liverpool 8b 154
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Note how the information provided by FreeBMD not only clearly indicates that there is an ambiguity but also gives you the alternative entry. It would be possible to overlook this ambiguity without the help of the advanced FreeBMD facilities, for example if the search were limited by the page number.
Smith John Liverpool 8b 154that this entry should appear in June 1909. The presumption would be that the birth occurred in the first half of 1931 which is very misleading if you know the approximate age of the person you are looking for.
Smith John Blackburn 8C See S/27appears to be erroneous because the entry in September 1927 has the volume as 8e.
Smith John Blackburn 8ewith different page numbers, of course, but there is no way to tell which of them is being referred to from June 1909
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