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England County Civil Registration

Project Leader[edit | edit source]

Becca Curtis

Purpose[edit | edit source]

Add content about civil registration for each county in England.

Task List[edit | edit source]

County Abbreviation Name Date Completed
Bedfordshire BDF Becca 9/4/18
Berkshire BRK Sylvie 9/5/18
Buckinghamshire BKM Becca 9/5/18
Cambridgeshire CAM Ben B 9/5/18
Cheshire CHS Lark Bambl 2 October 2018
Cornwall CON Lark Bambl 2 October 2018
Cumberland CUL Wonghk3-Wiki Support Team (talk) 21 Sep 2018
Derbyshire DBY Wonghk3-Wiki Support Team (talk) 25 Sep 2018
Devon DEV Leakeyroof (talk) 25 Sept 2018
Dorset DOR Leakeyroof (talk) 25 Sept 2018
Durham DUR Leakeyroof (talk) 25 Sept 2018
Essex ESS Leakeyroof (talk) 25 Sept 2018
Gloucestershire GLS Leakeyroof (talk) 25 Sept 2018
Hampshire HAM Leakeyroof (talk) 25 Sept 2018
Herefordshire HEF Leakeyroof (talk) 25 Sept 2018
Hertfordshire HRT Leakeyroof (talk) 25 Sept 2018
Huntingdonshire HUN Leakeyroof (talk) 25 Sept 2018
Kent KEN Leakeyroof (talk) 25 Sept 2018
Lancashire LAN Leakeyroof (talk) 26 Sept 2018
Leicestershire LEI Leakeyroof (talk) 26 Sept 2018
Lincolnshire LIN Leakeyroof (talk) 26 Sept 2018
London LND Leakeyroof (talk) 26 Sept 2018
Middlesex MDX Leakeyroof (talk) 26 Sept 2018
Norfolk NFK Leakeyroof (talk) 26 Sept 2018
Northamptonshire NTH Leakeyroof (talk) 26 Sept 2018
Northumberland NBL Leakeyroof (talk) 26 Sept 2018
Nottinghamshire NTT Leakeyroof (talk) 26 Sept 2018
Oxfordshire OXF Leakeyroof (talk) 26 Sept 2018
Rutland RUT Leakeyroof (talk) 27 Sept 2018
Shropshire SAL Leakeyroof (talk) 27 Sept 2018
Somerset SOM Leakeyroof (talk) 27 Sept 2018
Staffordshire STS Leakeyroof (talk) 27 Sept 2018
Suffolk SFK Leakeyroof (talk) 27 Sept 2018
Surrey SRY Leakeyroof (talk) 27 Sept 2018
Sussex SSX Leakeyroof (talk) 27 Sept 2018
Warwickshire WAR Leakeyroof (talk) 27 Sept 2018
Westmorland WES Leakeyroof (talk) 27 Sept 2018
Wiltshire WIL Leakeyroof (talk) 27 Sept 2018
Worcestershire WOR Leakeyroof (talk) 27 Sept 2018
Yorkshire YKS Leakeyroof (talk) 27 Sept 2018

Instructions[edit | edit source]

Step 1[edit | edit source]

Choose a county in the task list and click on the link to go to their Civil Registration wiki page.


Step 2[edit | edit source]

1. Go to the "Online Resources" heading and click "edit source" next to it.

2. Add the code below right beneath ==Online Resources==

*[http://www.ukbmdsearch.org.uk/ UKBMD Search]
*[http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/ABBREVIATION GENUKI: COUNTY]

Side note: If there are other links already in the section, still add this code on the next line after ==Online Resources==.

3. Where it says ABBREVIATION, delete that and replace it with the 3 letter code for that county (found in the task list).

England civil reg step 2 abbreviation.png
Make sure this is uppercase (Ex: for Wiltshire the abbreviation is WIL and not wil).


4. Where it says COUNTY, delete and add the name of the county.

England civil reg step 2 county.png
Make sure this is not uppercase (Ex: for Wiltshire it would be Wiltshire and not WILTSHIRE).


5. Add "Adding links" to the "Summary" box and click "Save page."


Example[edit | edit source]

For Wiltshire:

*[http://www.ukbmdsearch.org.uk/ UKBMD Search]
*[http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/WIL GENUKI: Wiltshire]




Step 3[edit | edit source]

1. Go to the "Introduction" heading and click "edit source" next to it.

2. Add the code below right beneath ==Introduction==

Civil registration, the government recording of births, marriages, and deaths, was instituted on 1 July 1837 in England. The act required for births to be reported within 42 days of the event and deaths within 5 days. Marriages had to be recorded in a civil register immediately after the ceremony. Copies of birth, marriage, and death registrations were sent by the district registrar to the Office for National Statistics each quarter. Because of this, civil registration is found by year, quarter, and registration district.

Although civil registration was required by law from its institution in 1837, compliance was far from universal during the first few years. Compliance became better by 1850, roughly 90% of the events were registered, and was basically universal beginning in 1874, when penalties for non-compliance were instituted. The registration of marriages and deaths were better reported than births until the 1850s.

When civil registration began, each county was divided into a number of [https://www.ukbmd.org.uk/reg/ABBREVIATION.html registration districts], each containing several parishes. These districts were reorganized in 1935, meaning many of the historical districts created in 1837 no longer exist. Birth, marriage, and death certificates can be obtained from district registrars in the county or the General Register Office. Church marriage records after 1837 are identical to the civil marriage certificates. [https://www.familysearch.org/mapp/ England Jurisdictions 1851 Map] provides an interactive view of England’s civil registration districts and the parishes they cover.

Civil registration records are excellent sources for names, dates, relationships, and places of births, marriages, and deaths. See [[England Civil Registration]] for more information.

Side note: If there is other information already in the section, still add this code on the next line directly beneath ==Introduction==. Make sure there is an empty line between this code and the other lines of code.

3. Where it says ABBREVIATION, delete that and replace it with the 3 letter code for that county (found in the task list).

England civil reg step 3 abbreviation.png
Make sure this is uppercase (Ex: for Wiltshire the abbreviation is WIL and not wil).


4. Add "Adding information" to the "Summary" box and click "Save page."


Example[edit | edit source]

For Wiltshire:

Civil registration, the government recording of births, marriages, and deaths, was instituted on 1 July 1837 in England. The act required for births to be reported within 42 days of the event and deaths within 5 days. Marriages had to be recorded in a civil register immediately after the ceremony. Copies of birth, marriage, and death registrations were sent by the district registrar to the Office for National Statistics each quarter. Because of this, civil registration is found by year, quarter, and registration district.

Although civil registration was required by law from its institution in 1837, compliance was far from universal during the first few years. Compliance became better by 1850, roughly 90% of the events were registered, and was basically universal beginning in 1874, when penalties for non-compliance were instituted. The registration of marriages and deaths were better reported than births until the 1850s.

When civil registration began, each county was divided into a number of [https://www.ukbmd.org.uk/reg/WIL.html registration districts], each containing several parishes. These districts were reorganized in 1935, meaning many of the historical districts created in 1837 no longer exist. Birth, marriage, and death certificates can be obtained from district registrars in the county or the General Register Office. Church marriage records after 1837 are identical to the civil marriage certificates. [https://www.familysearch.org/mapp/ England Jurisdictions 1851 Map] provides an interactive view of England’s civil registration districts and the parishes they cover.

Civil registration records are excellent sources for names, dates, relationships, and places of births, marriages, and deaths. See [[England Civil Registration]] for more information.




Step 4[edit | edit source]

1. Go to the "Civil Registration Districts" heading and click "edit source" next to it.

2. Add the code below right beneath ==Civil Registration Districts==

For a list of the historic and current registration districts in COUNTY, see [https://www.ukbmd.org.uk/reg/ABBREVIATION.html UKBMD: Registration Districts in COUNTY].


Side note: If there is other information already in the section, still add this code on the next line directly beneath ==Civil Registration Districts==. Make sure there is an empty line between this code and the other lines of code.

3. Where it says ABBREVIATION, delete that and replace it with the 3 letter code for that county (found in the task list).

England civil reg step 4 abbreviation.png
Make sure this is uppercase (Ex: for Wiltshire the abbreviation is WIL and not wil).


4. Where it says COUNTY, delete and add the name of the county. (in 2 different places)

England civil reg step 4 county.png
Make sure this is not uppercase (Ex: for Wiltshire it would be Wiltshire and not WILTSHIRE).


5. Add "Adding information" to the "Summary" box and click "Save page."


Example[edit | edit source]

For Wiltshire:

For a list of the historic and current registration districts in Wiltshire, see [https://www.ukbmd.org.uk/reg/WIL.html UKBMD: Registration Districts in Wiltshire].




Step 5[edit | edit source]

1. Go to the "Civil Registration Indexes" heading and click "edit source" next to it.

2. Add the code below right beneath ==Civil Registration Indexes==

Indexes to civil registration are available on many websites. However, while these websites have the indexes, the original certificates cannot be ordered from here. The main websites are:
*[https://www.familysearch.org/ Familysearch.org]
*[https://www.freebmd.org.uk/ Freebmd.org.uk]
*[https://www.findmypast.com/ Findmypast.com] ($)
*[https://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] ($)

Other sites in which civil registration in COUNTY can be found:

These indexes only give a limited amount of information on birth, marriage, and death certificates. For births, the child’s name and the registration year, quarter, and district are listed. For marriages, the bride or groom’s name, the names of other people on the same page (does not specify the spouse), and the registration year, quarter, and district are listed. For deaths, the deceased’s name and the registration year, quarter, and district are listed. All three indexes also include the volume and page number the record can be found, which information can then be used to order a copy of the original certificate.

The [https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/ General Register Office] (GRO), where the original certificates are kept, also has indexes for births and deaths. These indexes provide more information than any other index; the information listed includes the mother’s maiden name on birth certificates and the age at death on death certificates. This information can be very valuable in identifying the correct certificate. The website requires a login, but it is free to register and search. Copies of the original certificates can also be ordered from this website for a fee.

Side note: If there is other information already in the section, still add this code on the next line directly beneath ==Civil Registration Districts==. Make sure there is an empty line between this code and the other lines of code.

3. Where it says COUNTY, delete and add the name of the county.

England civil reg step 5 county.png
Make sure this is not uppercase (Ex: for Wiltshire it would be Wiltshire and not WILTSHIRE).


4. Add "Adding information" to the "Summary" box and click "Save page."


Example[edit | edit source]

For Wiltshire:

Indexes to civil registration are available on many websites. However, while these websites have the indexes, the original certificates cannot be ordered from here. The main websites are:
*[https://www.familysearch.org/ Familysearch.org]
*[https://www.freebmd.org.uk/ Freebmd.org.uk]
*[https://www.findmypast.com/ Findmypast.com] ($)
*[https://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] ($)

Other sites in which civil registration in Wiltshire can be found:

These indexes only give a limited amount of information on birth, marriage, and death certificates. For births, the child’s name and the registration year, quarter, and district are listed. For marriages, the bride or groom’s name, the names of other people on the same page (does not specify the spouse), and the registration year, quarter, and district are listed. For deaths, the deceased’s name and the registration year, quarter, and district are listed. All three indexes also include the volume and page number the record can be found, which information can then be used to order a copy of the original certificate.

The [https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/ General Register Office] (GRO), where the original certificates are kept, also has indexes for births and deaths. These indexes provide more information than any other index; the information listed includes the mother’s maiden name on birth certificates and the age at death on death certificates. This information can be very valuable in identifying the correct certificate. The website requires a login, but it is free to register and search. Copies of the original certificates can also be ordered from this website for a fee.




Step 6[edit | edit source]

1. Go to the "Ordering Certificates Online" heading and click "edit source" next to it.

2. Add the code below right beneath ==Ordering Certificates Online==

The [https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/ General Register Office] holds a central copy of all birth, marriage, and death registrations in England. These certificates can be ordered from their [https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/ website] (a login is required but it is free to register and search). To order, the person’s name and surname; the registration year, quarter, and district name; and the volume and page number must be known. To find these, use the civil registration indexes (discussed above). Because the district registrars sent copies of their certificates to the GRO, the certificate received in the mail or by pdf is a photocopy of the copy, not the original. Although accuracy is very high, there were occasional errors made while copying certificates.

Side note: If there is other information already in the section, still add this code on the next line directly beneath ==Civil Registration Districts==. Make sure there is an empty line between this code and the other lines of code.

3. Add "Adding information" to the "Summary" box and click "Save page."


Example[edit | edit source]

For Wiltshire:

The [https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/ General Register Office] holds a central copy of all birth, marriage, and death registrations in England. These certificates can be ordered from their [https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/ website] (a login is required but it is free to register and search). To order, the person’s name and surname; the registration year, quarter, and district name; and the volume and page number must be known. To find these, use the civil registration indexes (discussed above). Because the district registrars sent copies of their certificates to the GRO, the certificate received in the mail or by pdf is a photocopy of the copy, not the original. Although accuracy is very high, there were occasional errors made while copying certificates.