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It’s quick and easy to order birth, marriage and death records for British citizens born, died or married overseas from our website for replacement certificate and begin to build your family tree. We can assist in obtaining and supplying you with these overseas records containing details of births, marriages and deaths of some British citizens that have taken place abroad since the late 18th century. These records include those registered with British consuls, High Commissions, HM Forces, the Civil Aviation Authority and the Registrar General of Shipping and Seaman.
On 1st April 1969 the law relating to birth registration was revised resulting in a change to the format of a birth certificate. If you have begun or thinking to research your family tree below is the information you will find on the birth certificates for births registered before 1st April 1969.
Column 1: When and where born
The time of the birth is entered for multiple births.
In early registrations, this is likely to be just the town and village,not a full address.
Column 2: Name,if any
The name given to the child at birth, which may not be the name by which they were known throughout their life.
A line is drawn through this column if no name was given at registration. The name may be recorded in column 10 if given after registration, either in baptism or not in baptism.
Column 3: Sex
Boy or girl
Column 4: Name and surname of father
name and surname of father if recorded
Column 5: Name, surname and maiden name of mother
If married once only, her maiden name is preceded by the word ‘formerly’
If married more than once, the surname the mother had immediately before her last marriage is preceded by the word ‘late’ and then followed by ‘formerly’ and her maiden name
If the mother was using and known by 2 different names at the time of the birth these names would be recorded with the word ‘otherwise’
Column 6: Occupation of father if recorded
The current or last known occupation of the father
Column 7: Signature, description and residence of informant
The following informants may register a birth:
Father of a child of a marriage. The father of a child whose parents were not married can register the birth, if he attends the registration at the same time as the mother and they both sign the register as joint informants
The occupier of the house in which the birth occurred
if the birth occurred in an institution, the governor, keeper, master, matron, or superintendent may register the birth
a person present at the birth
a person in charge of the child
Column 8: When registered
the date of registration may be different from the date of birth and determines in which quarter the entry appears in the GRO Indexes
the registration of a birth should be within 42 days of the birth and will be recorded by a registrar
if a registration occurs after 3 months of the birth but within 12 months, the birth will be registered by a registrar in the presence of the superintendent registrar
if the registration is being made after 12 months, the authority of the Registrar General must be obtained
Column 9: Signature of Registrar
Column 10: Names entered after registration
any names given up to 12 months after the date of the initial registration, by baptism or on a certificate of naming, are entered in this column
if no additional names are added, a line is marked through this box by this office to prevent any unauthorised changes