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					                                    Birth, Marriage and Death certificates


Here is a little bit of information about what is on a birth, marriage or death certificate. I have
drawn up some examples, but these are in the same layout and wording as a current
certificate, if you are photocopying old ones they maybe slightly different but will still have
the same information on them

Birth

Birth certificates are always in red type
Application number – this is basically your order number and has no reference to any other
information on the certificate
It tells you the Registration district, the year, the sub-district and the county

There are 10 columns of information

      1.        When and where born
      2.        Name, if any
      3.        Sex
      4.        Name and surname of father
      5.        Name, surname and maiden surname of mother
      6.        Occupation of father
      7.        Signature, description and residence of informant
      8.        When registered
      9.        Signature of registrar
      10.       Name entered after registration

The date at the bottom of the certificate is the date that this certificate was issued.
Followed by a reference number in the bottom left hand corner – we think this is just the
page number from the book of certificates and appears in different corners depending on
how old the certificate is

Example of a blank birth certificate

CERTIFIED COPY OF AN ENTRY OF BIRTH                                            GIVEN AT THE GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE

                                                                                   Application Number ……………………………

REGISTRATION DISTRICT
……. BIRTH in the sub-district of……………………………………in the ……………………………………..

No.     1       2          3      4             5             6             7              8             9             10
        When    Name       Sex    Name          Name          Occupatio     Signature,     When          Signature     Name
        and     if any            and           surname       n of father   description    registered    of            entered
        where                     surname       and                         and                          registrar     after
        born                      of father     maiden                      residence                                  registration
                                                surname                     of
                                                of mother                   informant




CERTIFIED to be a true copy of an entry in the certified copy of Register of Births in the District above mentioned.

Given at the GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE, under the Seal of the said Office, ……………day of ……………. ………………

BXCA 12345
Marriage

Marriage certificates are in green type
Application number – this is basically your order number and has no reference to any other
information on the certificate

The top line has the year, the place of the marriage (Church or registry office), the parish
and the county

There are 8 columns of information
   1. When married (date)
   2. Name and surname of each person
   3. The age of each person
   4. Condition (bachelor, divorcee, widow, etc.)
   5. Rank or profession
   6. Residence at time of marriage
   7. Fathers name and surname (for each person)
   8. The rank or profession of father

It is signed at the bottom by the couple getting married, the two witnesses and the person
who performed the ceremony or registrar

The registration district is at the bottom

The date at the bottom is the date that this certificate was issued
Followed by a reference number in the bottom left hand corner – we think this is just the
page number from the book of certificates and appears in different corners depending on
how old the certificate is


Example of a blank marriage certificate

CERTIFIED COPY OF AN ENTRY OF MARRIAGE                                        GIVEN AT THE GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE

                                                                                Application Number ……………………………

………. Marriage Solemnized at …………………………………….. in the …………………………………………………
of ……………………………………………………… in the count… of ………………………………………

No.    1               2              3      4             5              6                 7                 8
       When            Name    and    Age    Condition     Rank      or   Residence at      Fathers name      Rank             or
       Married         surname                             Profession     the time of       and surname       profession       of
                                                                          marriage                            Father




Married in the …………. According to the Rites and Ceremonies of the …………………….. or after ………………….by me,

This marriage is                            In      the
solemnized         {                   }    Presence of    {                   }
between us


CERTIFIED to be a true copy of an entry in the certified copy of Register of Marriages in the Registration District of ………….

Given at the GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE, under the Seal of the said Office, ……………day of ……………. ………………

MXB 12345
Death

Death certificates are in black type
Application number – this is basically your order number and has no reference to any other
information on the certificate

It tells you the registration district, sub-district and county

There are 9 columns of information
   1. When and where died
   2. Name and surname
   3. Sex
   4. Age
   5. Occupation
   6. Cause of death
   7. Signature, description and residence of the informant
   8. When registered
   9. Signature of registrar

The date at the bottom is the date that this certificate was issued
Followed by a reference number in the bottom left hand corner – we think this is just the
page number from the book of certificates and appears in different corners depending on
how old the certificate is

Example of blank death certificate



CERTIFIED COPY OF AN ENTRY OF DEATH                                            GIVEN AT THE GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE

                                                                                 Application Number ……………………………

REGISTRATION DISTRICT
……. DEATH in the sub-district of……………in the ……………..

No.    1                2             3       4        5               6               7                8             9
       When     and     Name and      Sex     Age      Occupation      Cause      of   Signature,       When          Signature
       where died       surname                                        death           description      Registered    of
                                                                                       and                            Registrar
                                                                                       residence




CERTIFIED to be a true copy of an entry in the certified copy of Register of Deaths in the District above mentioned

Given at the GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE, under the Seal of the said Office, ……………day of ……………. ………………

DYA 12345
                  Ordering certificates from the Family Records Centre

To order a birth, marriage or death certificate from the Family Records Centre (FRC) or the
General Records Office (GRO) you need an index number. For example, I know when I was
born, so I would look for myself, either on the Internet or at the FRC. When I find my entry it
will have my Surname, followed by my Christian name, the registration district, my mother
maiden name and some numbers. The numbers are important. It will be something like 6b
1234. When you order a certificate, you will need those numbers, plus the year and the
quarter of the year (March, June, September or December). To order my birth certificate I
need the following information:

Johnson
Lisa
Nuneaton
Dawson
Index number
1972
December

As I was born in October, I will be in the last quarter of the year. On some of the older
indexes, the mothers maiden name is not stated.

You can find some of these index numbers on www.freebmd.org.uk but these indexes are
not complete, so you may not find who you are looking for. Or try www.1837online.com or at
your local library. For the GRO go to www.gro.gov.uk and www.statistics.gov.uk/registration/

Once you have ordered your certificate (they are currently £7 each), it will take about 2
weeks to arrive. If you are ordering a certificate for an even that was within the last 50
years, you may need to provide extra information.