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Birth marriage and death records in England & Wales – key dates

Births


  • 1 July 1837 - Introduction of General Civil Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths in England and Wales
  • Pre-1875 - an estimated 6 to 10% of births NOT registered
  • 1875 more rigorous enforcement of compulsory registration
  • September quarter 1837 to June quarter 1911 -- only first two full forenames, subsequent initials, registration district and reference number
  • September quarter 1911 to present -- only first forename, subsequent initials, registration district and number but also includes mother's maiden surname.

Marriages


  • September quarter 1837 to December quarter 1911 -- only first two full forenames, subsequent initials, registration district and ref number
  • March quarter 1912 to September quarter 1962 -- if female was previously married, index shows maiden name and married name
  • March quarter 1912 to present day -- surname of spouse added

Deaths


  • 1875 enforcement of compulsory registration
  • September quarter 1837 to June quarter 1911 -- only first two full forenames, subsequent initials, registration district and reference number
  • September quarter 1911 onwards - only first forename, subsequent initials, registration district and number
  • September quarter 1837 to December quarter 1865 -- no age given
  • March quarter 1866 to March quarter 1969 -- age at death given
  • June quarter 1969 to present -- exact date of birth given