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English: Civil Registration Records Including Wales
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Obtaining birth, marriage and death certificates is an essential element of good genealogical research. This course will provide practical details needed to understand the system of civil registration; how to use indexes, both in microform and online, and how to interpret certificates. Numerous examples are used from birth, marriage, death, and overseas certificates to illustrate the care that must be taken when reading the documents, and deciphering the information. The course is aimed at those needing a thorough understanding of this original source. Note that it is important to remember that when dealing with information found in England and Wales, vital statistics are not the same as civil registration.


Course Content

Module 1
Introduction
• List of Abbreviations
 
Civil Registration System
• What is Available?
• Counties, Districts & Parishes
 
Birth, Marriage & Death and Christening, Marriage & Burial
• Birth & Christening
• Marriages
• Deaths & Burials
 

Module 2
Using Indexes
 
Availability of Indexes
• Index Books
• Online Indexes
• General Register Office
• FreeBMD
• Other Websites
 
Indexes for Lundy Island
Indexes for Isle of Man
Indexes for Channel Islands
• Guernsey
• Jersey
 
Understanding Different Editions of the Indexes
• The Quarters
 
Understanding Index Collation
• How It Was Done
• Problems Encountered
• Problems Reading the Indexes
How to Transcribe from the Indexes
 

Module 3
Examing Birth, Marriage, Death & Overseas Indexes
 
Birth Indexes
• No Birth Registration
• Late Birth Registration
• Christened before birth?
• Double Registration
• Twins & Multiple Births
• Too Many Children of the Same Name
• No Name at Birth
• ‘Wrong’ Name Registered
• Mother’s Maiden Surname
• Illegitimate Births
• Foundlings
• Abandoned Children Register
• The Thomas Corum Register
• Adoptions
• Parental Order Register
• Stillbirths
• First Children in a Family
 
Marriage Indexes
• Prohibited Degrees
• Remarriage to the Same Spouse
• Bigamy
• Divorce Records
 
Death Indexes
• General Problem Solving
 
Overseas Indexes
• Obtaining an Overseas Certificate
• Other Collections of Overseas Events
 
Can’t find on the index?
• Unregistered Events
• Registered but not on National Index?
• Different Spelling
• Not in the Expected Place
• Not in the Expected Year, or Range of Years
• Transcription Errors on the Indexes
• Different Editions of the Indexes
• Know the area but no access to indexes?
• Just Not There!
 

Module 4
Information on Certificates & Its Use
 
Source of Certificate
• Certificates Found at Home
• Certificates from General Register Offices
• Certificates from Local Register Offices
• Codes in Top Right Hand Corner
 
Spelling & Illiteracy Problems
• Incorrect Interpretation of Original
• Semi-Literate or Careless Informant
• Illiterate Informant
 
Birth Certificates
• Short Form Birth Certificate
• Long Form Birth Certificate
• Special Situations
• His, Hers & Ours
• Siblings’ Certificates
• Adoption
• Overseas Birth Certificates
• Comparison of Christening & Birth Information
 
Marriage Certificates
• Rites & Ceremonies
• Authorized Buildings & Persons
• Notice of Marriage, or Licence
• Register Office Marriage
• Persons Conducting & Registering the Ceremony
• Signatures of Parties
• Signatures of Witnesses
• Additions & Corrections
• Overseas Marriage Certificates
 

Module 5
Information on Certificates & Its Use…Continued
 
Death Certificates
• Overseas Death Certificates
• Killing Them Off
• Comparison of Death & Burial Information
 
Welsh Certificates
Isle of Man Certificates
 
Channel Islands Certificates
• Guernsey
 

Module 6
Reliability of Information
 
Have you hot the right certificate?
• Requesting Wrong Certificate
• Sent Wrong Certificate
• Errors on Certificates
• Incorrect Information Given to Registrar
• Incorrectly Recorded by Registrar
• Error Corrected Later
• Transcription Errors on Certificates
 
Is civil registration an original source with primary information?
• The Sawyers Case
 
Obtaining a Certificate
• Finding the Modern Office
• Obtaining Isle of Man Certificates
• Obtaining Channel Islands Certificates
• How to Send Money
 
Using the Local Register Offices
• Advantages
• Hints for Successful Searches through Register Offices
• Disadvantages of Using Register Offices
 
Special Help!
• Guild of One-Name Studies
• FreeBMD
• Cheshire Index Initiative
• Campaign for Historicity
 
Recommended Reading & Resources
Forms
 
 

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