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Questions tagged [civil-registration]

For questions about government systems of recording vital events such as births, marriages, and deaths.

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Where to find 1911 sub-districts in order?

I am trying to work out which of two death records in Wakefield registration district is my ancestor. To do this I need the subdistricts listed in the order they come on the census. I don’t know ...
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How did two birth records from the same sub-district end up in different districts?

I have found a curious inconsistency in registration districts for a couple of 1850s English birth records. I was looking for children of David Hill and his wife Jane (nee Harris) of Little Rissington,...
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GRO rules for sub-districts of birth registrations?

This is a worked case study related to What "hidden" clues are there in the GRO Indexes of births and deaths? Nicholas Tabb's WWI Draft Registration card lists his birth date as 31 Oct 1887 ...
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Finding where a marriage took place from the GRO index reference?

This is a worked case study and is intended as a supplement to the related question Finding Devon parish marriage records?. There are two different websites which offer help with determining the ...
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What information is contained in Isle of Man birth, marriage, and death certificates?

Today I discovered a relative who was born on the Isle of Man. I am considering ordering her birth certificate, which got me wondering about what would actually be on it. It appears civil ...
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What circumstances could lead to these birth registrations?

In 1857S, the GRO marriage indices have a Thirza (or Thurza) Broad marrying William Harper in Wantage. This is the only record I have found that refers to William. Thurza Broad appears in the 1841 (...
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Should the GRO Birth Index year be entered as birth year?

The GRO Index, both the old and new versions, is the cornerstone of genealogy in England and Wales. So much so that for years I have been making certain assumptions based on GRO Index data. For ...
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What does “Occasional Copy” refer to in the new GRO Index?

On some entries in the recently released Online GRO Index there are birth and death entries with the notation "Occasional Copy: A". For example: What does "Occasional Copy" refer to and why might an ...
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What “hidden” clues are there in the GRO Indexes of births and deaths?

This Q&A is inspired by Jan Murphy's question – Finding Devon parish marriage records? – but this one pertains to the birth and death indexes for England & Wales. We all will have come across ...
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Penalty for late registration of birth in England?

My great grandmother was born in January 1905, but her birth was not registered until June quarter (i.e. April or later). Her son's birth in the 1920s was registered 57 days after his birth. Births ...
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Determining subdistrict extent from code in post-1993 GRO index?

Through 1992, the GRO indexes for births and deaths in England and Wales cite a volume and page in the registers (as they have done since the inception of civil registration in 1837). After 1992, the ...
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What constitutes Employment in Labour of a Child in England & Wales?

In 1883, a Requisition for a certified copy of birth for the purposes of the Elementary Education Act, 1876 was made for a youth born in 1872. Given he was 11, would the request have been for ...