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The following events have been extracted from FreeBMD and directly from the GRO Index, mainly by Arthur Earlam. The GRO entries are in caps; the FreeBMD entries are in lower case.

Births 1837-1911
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Full detail from birth certificates may be available where researchers have supplied either a scanned copy of the cetificate itself or at least a transcription of the detail. Where known, the GRO reference is also supplied. Please note that not all GRO entries have been extracted from either the GRO or county office indexes but only those in the ranges indicated above and below.

Deaths 1837-1907
Note: Extraction is not continuous but appears to cover the years 1837-1838, 1857-1862, 1869-1871, 1904-1907.
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Full detail from death certificates may be available where researchers have supplied either a scanned copy of the cetificate itself or at least a transcription of the detail. Where known, the GRO reference is also supplied. Please note that not all GRO entries have been extracted from either the GRO or county office indexes but only those in the ranges indicated above and below.

Marriages 1909-1925
Note: Only EARLAM (no variants) have to date been extracted for these years. The images for the following quarters were missing and have not been checked: 1915Q2, 1916Q1, 1918Q3&4. The SPOUSE SURNAME is only included in the GRO indexes from 1912.
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Full detail from marriage certificates may be available where researchers have supplied either a scanned copy of the cetificate itself or at least a transcription of the detail. Where known, the GRO reference is also supplied. Please note that not all GRO entries have been extracted from either the GRO or county office indexes but only those in the ranges indicated above and below.

County Register Office Civil Registration
In addition to the central GRO, each county Register Office also kept a copy of all registrations from 1837. Many of these have also now been indexed and provide a very useful cross check on those in the GRO, as there are known errors and omissions in the GRO index. They also may provide additional information to the GRO indexes.

From 1837 to 1898, any marriages in England that were not held in a C of E church required the presence of a civil registrar – except for Quakers and Jews. Separate registers were maintained – one for the church and one for the superintendent registrar of the registration district in which the church was situated. In addition, every three months the minister had to prepare a further copy from his register and send it directly to the Registrar General.

From 1898, the law changed and ‘an authorized person’ under the Marriage Act could legally conduct the weddings in buildings used for Roman Catholic and non-conformist worship and registered under the terms of the Act. An ‘authorised person’ could of course be the minister or whoever was conducting the marriage.

Earlams in Marriages at Register Office or Registrar Attended (County Marriages) have been extracted.


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