Birth records are important records in our genealogy research and come in many forms. Birth certificates, family Bibles, and church records are common sources of your ancestor's birth. As with all genealogy records, understanding what is available for the time and location of your ancestors is crucial.
Octogenarian Jack Hill, wrote from Tamworth in the 1970s to Charlie Chaplin he was not of south London, but that he had entered the world "in a caravan [that] belonged to the Gypsy Queen, who was my auntie. You were born on the Black Patch in Smethwick near Birmingham." Birth certificate never located. Mother, Hannah (ne: Hill) was descended from a travelling family. In the 1880s, the Black Patch was a thriving Romany community on the industrial edge of Birmingham.