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