Births, Marriages and Deaths Key Dates

Birth Marriage and Death records in England & Wales – Key Dates

  • 1 July 1837 – Introduction of General Civil Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths in England and Wales

Births  

  • 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

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