Civil reg­is­tra­tion – 1969 up­dates

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - 20TH CENTURY ANCESTORS -

It is tempt­ing to be­lieve that we know the de­tails of more re­cent births, mar­riages and deaths. How­ever, as Chris Paton em­pha­sises in his ar­ti­cle about get­ting started in fam­ily his­tory (see page 23), you can’t take any­thing for granted. It’s worth ask­ing if a rel­a­tive still holds the cer­tifi­cates, and if the an­swer is no, then con­sider or­der­ing them.

Note too that English and Welsh Gen­eral Reg­is­ter Of­fice cer­tifi­cates be­came more use­ful from 1969. Death cer­tifi­cates af­ter this date not only give de­tails of an in­di­vid­ual’s death, but pro­vide a birth date, which can be used to con­firm iden­tity, and a birth­place. On birth cer­tifi­cates, the birth­places of both par­ents are in­cluded. Moth­ers’ oc­cu­pa­tions were in­cluded on the birth cer­tifi­cate af­ter 1984. This de­tail can then be used to look into em­ploy­ment records (see page 18). You can or­der cer­tifi­cates on­line at www.gro.

gov.uk/gro/con­tent/cer­tifi­cates for £9.25. There is also an ex­tended trial of­fer­ing PDFs of birth records (1837–1917) and death records (1837–1957) for £6.

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