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What "hidden" clues are there in the GRO Indexes of births and deaths?

Understanding precisely how the GRO indexes are organized can give us key information about individual entries. The marriage index is a whole other kettle of fish, so this answer pertains only to ...
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What does 'in attendance' mean on an England death certificate?

"In attendance" does not necessarily mean that they witnessed the death. For deaths that occurred at home, the informant was usually either by someone "present at the death" or someone "in attendance"...
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Where to find 1911 sub-districts in order?

The report you want is available on Histpop.org. Specifically, go to page 286 of the report titled: Areas, families or separate occupiers, and population, England and Wales, Vol. II. Registration ...
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What does "Occasional Copy" refer to in the new GRO Index?

It may be a sign that someone submitted a correction after the initial registration. I was not able to find a reference from the GRO's guidance on birth certificates, but in the guides provided for ...
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What circumstances could lead to these birth registrations?

The crux of this question is what does the "-" in the Mother's Maiden Surname column on the new GRO indexes mean? The fact that there is a dash in the index does not mean there is a dash in the birth ...
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Should the GRO Birth Index year be entered as birth year?

Using birth date and birth registration data from my one-place study, I was able to assess how many births occurred in the year they were registered. The data is from all the individuals on the 1939 ...
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How did two birth records from the same sub-district end up in different districts?

First of all - these are pdf images of the entries in the records at GRO. They are not images of the original registers so the handwriting on them is not really relevant to any enquiry. You are ...
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Penalty for late registration of birth in England?

Very simple summary: Q: If someone registered a birth in England & Wales after 42 days, would they have had to pay a penalty for a late registration? A: It depends... That point was when a risk ...
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What information is contained in Isle of Man birth, marriage, and death certificates?

There is a useful guide here: https://www.manxbmd.com/records.html The only example I have obtained is for a birth (1946) and on that the information is exactly what I would expect from a register ...
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Should the GRO Birth Index year be entered as birth year?

As you suggest the quarter of registration provides direct evidence of that fact only - when that particular registration took place, not of the birth date of the child. Given that local registrars ...
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How can I find birth record/Hungarian evidence of ancestor born around 1892/1893?

Before the start of civil registration, vital records were the responsibility of churches. According to Dvorzsák's gazetteer (https://kt.lib.pte.hu/cgi-bin/kt.cgi?konyvtar/kt03110501/0_0_1_pg_14.html),...
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Determining subdistrict extent from code in post-1993 GRO index?

As no answer has yet been attempted, I will give the disappointing results of my efforts to find this information - but still live in hope that someone can come up with a better solution! The bottom ...
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GRO rules for sub-districts of birth registrations?

A birth must be registered in the sub-district in which it occurred – the parents did not get to choose which register office to go to. However, the 1874 ammendment to the Registration of Births and ...
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Finding where a marriage took place from the GRO index reference?

UKBMD has pages which list the names of places within a registration district -- the page for Kingsbridge shows the following civil parishes later in the alphabet than Stokenham: Strete Thurlestone ...
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Finding where a marriage took place from the GRO index reference?

The expected page range for March quarter 1878 marriages in Kingsbridge Registration District is: 313-329. Anglican marriages are organized alphabetically by name of parish, then at the end are the ...
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Using Hungarian Civil Registry

My father's original birth certificate (b. 1951, March 3 in Budapest IV) My grandparent's marriage certificate (location and date unknown, though date most probably somewhere between 1945 - 1950) The ...
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Using Hungarian Civil Registry

When you are trying to understand the records on FamilySearch, here are some ways to get more information. Record Type articles in the FamilySearch Research Wiki Searching the name of a country plus ...
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