The annual reports of the registrar-general relating to births, marriage, and deaths in England and Wales were published every year since civil registration began, and are available at the Histpop website up to 1920. However, there are no reports after that date. Does anyone know where or how one could access later reports, such as for the 1920s and 1930s?

I find these reports useful for a number of reasons, some of which are related to genealogy, as well as broader historical/epidemiological/health related interests. With relation to genealogy, it is interesting to examine trends of births and deaths in certain localities to put my ancestors in a better context.

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The British Library appear to have two collections, one covering 1838 to 1920 and a second covering 1921 to 1968 when they seem to have ceased according to the British Library catalog entry.

The first of those groups appears to be what Histpop has - it seems that after that there was a change to the way they were published.

At least some years seem to be available at the National Archives although sometimes in odd places, for example 1971 is in the papers of the Sizewell B inquiry! Not sure how that squares with them ending in 1968 either.

In any case the title seems to have changed after 1920 to "Registrar General: Statistical review of England and Wales NNNN" which may be why you have been having trouble finding them.


not England but it may be of interest that Ireland & Northern Ireland reports are available here covering 1864 to present day: Ireland/Northern Ireland Reports 1887 onwards from http://www.nisra.gov.uk/demography/default.asp57.htm Ireland 1864 onwards: http://cso.ie/en/statistics/birthsdeathsandmarriages/archive/annualreportsonmarriagesbirthsanddeathsinirelandfrom1864to2000/

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