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Beginners Guides: Some important Civil Registration Changes

#1 by Alice , Sun Aug 15, 2010 7:28 pm

Some important Civil Registration changes:

1866 - 1869
 GRO Indexes include age at death.
 Birth and Death Act 1874
 Compulsory registration of births within 42 days
 Penalties for non or late registration
 Father of illegitimate children had to be present at the time of registration for his name to be on the birth certificate
 Deaths to be registered within 5 days
 Medical certificates required for cause of death
 The introduction of still birth registers.
 Introduction of the Adopted Childs Register.
 Re-registering of illegitimate births allowed if parents later married each other.
 Coroners order/ Registrars certificate required before a burial or cremation could take place
 Legal age for marriage increased from Males: 14 years old to 16 years old Females: 12 years old to 16 years old. Parental consent required until 21 years old.
 Birmingham North and South registration districts amalgamated into Birmingham District including Handsworth sub district from West Bromwich.
 Short Birth certificates were introduced
 Age of majority reduced from 21 to 18 years old.
 Re-registering of illegitimate children to include name of father allowed irrespective of whether the parents married each other.
1970 onwards
 Death indexes show date of birth instead of age at death.

 Sutton Coldfield registration district amalgamated with Birmingham
 Adult adopted persons allowed access to information on original birth certificate.


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RE: Beginners Guides: Some important Civil Registration Changes

#2 by signman ( deleted ) , Mon Aug 16, 2010 6:21 am

Alice, very interesting, there's stuff on there I never knew.



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