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Re: British Birth Certs

Posted: 18 Feb 2012 8:11AM GMT
Classification: Query
Birth registration in England and Wales (Scotland and Ireland have their own registration systems) began on 1 July 1837. The information on a birth certificate will normally be:

Date and place of birth (occasionally you will get a time, particularly in the very early years and/or for twin births)

Name of child. Note that this is a forename only until the 20th century. Although the GRO index concatenates this with the name of the father (if shown), the birth certificate itself does not presume to award the child a surname.

Sex

Name and surname of father. This is a tricky area. The original legislation which established civil registration was very woolly on what should happen with illegitimate births. So in the early years it is not uncommon to find the name of an illegitimate child's father in this column. Around 1850, the system was hardened up so no "putative" father could be named on a certificate. The 1875 Registration Act stated that a putative father *could* be named, but only if he attended the registration with the mother and signed the register - this is very rare!

Name, surname and maiden name of mother

Occupation of father

Name, description and signature of informant

Date of registration.

Hope this helps

Caroline
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Edward Duxbur... 18 Feb 2012 10:21AM GMT 
carobradford 18 Feb 2012 3:11PM GMT 
mi2early 18 Feb 2012 5:07PM GMT 
DavidJWilson4... 2 Jul 2012 4:17PM GMT 
Edward Duxbur... 2 Jul 2012 4:33PM GMT 
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