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British Birth Certs

British Birth Certs

Posted: 1329560515000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1329574221000
What details do the British birth certificats from the 1800s show

Re: British Birth Certs

Posted: 1329577866000
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.


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


Re: British Birth Certs

Posted: 1329584858000
Classification: Query
To add just a little to Caroline's excellent message, for dates before the start of civil registration you'll need to look at parish registers.

Before proceeding, you might find a review of GENUKI at very useful.

A helpful BMD tutorial can be found at

Re: British Birth Certs

Posted: 1341245869000
Classification: Query
British birth certificates did not start until about 1835
they show the day date year of birth the childs name
her fathers name and occupation and address also the mothers maiden name occupation and address the mothers name was not included on some there is an anomally with this because it was included at a later date I think it maybe a baptism record but I am not sure

Re: British Birth Certs

Posted: 1341246788000
Classification: Query
Thanks for the rsponce

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