Civil registration – 1969 updates
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.