This was good news for us genealogists!
But what can be found on the certificates that would be of use to us?
Information in a Birth Certificate
- name and sex of the child
- date and place of birth
- full name, including maiden surname of the mother
- full name and occupation of the father (if married to the mother, or if he signed the registration entry)
- from 1969, the place of birth of both parents
- the informant's (person who registered the birth) name, address, and relationship to the child
- the date of registration and signature of registrar
- names and ages of the bride and groom ('full age' indicates only that the person was over 21)
- date and place of marriage
- marital status of the bride and groom
- whether by banns, license, or certificate
- current addresses and occupations of the bride and groom
- names and occupations of their fathers
- names of witnesses, plus the officiating minister or registrar
- religious denomination of the ceremony
- signatures of the bride and groom
- full name of the deceased
- date and place of death
- stated age (from 1866)
- cause(s) of death (after April 1969)
- occupation (or the name and occupation of husband if the deceased is a married or widowed woman)
- name, address, and relationship to the deceased of the informant
- when death registered
- signature of registrar
One thing to bear in mind is that you have to rely on the person who filled in the details, for example, I have come across dates of birth entered wrong on marriage and death certificates, maybe the person providing the details didn't know the exact date or forgot, or wanted to be a different age for reasons only known to them. A client and I found that his ancestor lied on the marriage certificate the year she was born in order to make it look like she wasn't much older than her new husband. But on the whole most people entered their correct details, and so these certificates can provide a wealth of information.
What have you discovered on your ancestor's certificates?
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