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England and Wales Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificate Information

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Introduction

This Web site aims to help people tracing their family history by explaining the usage of the different entries on birth, marriage, and death certificates throughout the history of birth registration in England and Wales. The entries on the certificate and their interpretation has to have changed over the past 150 years, and the interpretation of certificates without knowledge of the legal requirements and practices of the period when the registration was made can sometimes be difficult. The birth registrations of Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Southern Ireland are different from those of England and Wales and are not covered here.

These Web Pages have been written by someone with lots of experience of birth, death and marriage registration in England and Wales and contains many details that are illuminating, obscure or not well known. The author makes every attempt to include only accurate information within this site, but makes no claims as to the truth or accuracy of the material contained herein. Accordingly, users of this site should not, in any way, rely on any of the information contained within this site. Review, use or utilization of the material contained within this site shall be deemed to constitute a waiver of any and all liability of the author. This should not be taken as a source of information approved by the Registrar General or by the British Government.

Publications

The author has published a guide entitled 'Birth and Death Certificates - England and Wales 1837 to 1969'. This is an invaluable reference for family historians trying to trace their English and Welsh ancestors. The publication is illustrated with sample certificates. A second guide was published in 2000 entitled 'Marriages and Certificates in England & Wales". For more information click on the Booklets link below

Ordering Certificates

You can obtain your certificates from one of two sources

From the General Register Office

From the local Register Office

Click on the Orderering Certificates link below for more information.

Home page

BMD Introduction

Birth Certificates

Death Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Booklets

Ordering Certificates

Other Links
 

The author, Barbara Dixon , can be emailed

This web page created by James Dixon and is maintained by John & Barbara Dixon

This web page updated January 2003