I found this unfinished post just 'laying around' which reminded me just how much I miss the old IGI search on the Family Search website. Not quite sure about their reasoning but in their attempt to improve, they basically made it worse. I'm not going to moan about something that is provided for free but I just... miss it. Here is the old post (with a couple additions) which seemed to be a HOW TO FIND ANCESTORS BORN BEFORE 1837 or a recount of how I came to a conclusion but I'm not sure what I was trying to prove. It may be of some use to someone:
Thomas PALMER is listed on his son's marriage certificate 1848 as a 'Bookseller':
A search of the IGI online (after census searches of son George's approximate age) now identifies his wife as Ruth (and locale as Portsea):
The original baptism entry in the Saint John's Chapel, Portsea parish registers gives further confirmation these are the correct people, as Thomas' occupation is listed as 'Book Binder' (same field of work - books):
Back to the IGI to search for the marriage of Thomas and Ruth, which gives her maiden name as Ruth WRIGHT (married in Saint Mary's Portsea):
This makes it easier to search the census records which then give me approximate birth dates for Thomas and Ruth. Parish records can now be searched for the marriage (possibly more information); their own births/baptisms and other children of the marriage.
Find copy of Thomas & Ruth's marriage entry in the Saint Mary's, Portsea parish registers
Find copy of Thomas & Ruth's baptism entries in Chichester, Sussex (church unknown)