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A wealth of information can be gleamed from looking at birth, marriage and death certificates. Norman Buckley has kindly constructed a list for us that show the main headings and details found in each type of certificate.
No. 1 ~ When and where born. No. 2 ~ Name if any. No. 3 ~ Sex. No. 4 ~ Name and Surname of father. No. 5 ~ Name and Maiden Name of mother. No. 6 ~ Occupation of father. No. 7 ~ Signature, description and residence of informant. No. 8 ~ When registered. No. 9 ~ Signature of Registrar. District and County.
The above is authorised by the Birth and Death Act of 1953.
Registration district. Year marriage Solomonized. Columns. No. 1 ~ When married. No. 2 ~ Name and surname. No. 3 ~ Age. No. 4 ~ Condition. No. 5 ~ Rank or profession. No. 6 ~ Residence at time of marriage. No. 7 ~ Father name and surname. No. 8 ~ Rank or profession of father.
This form of certificate was authorised by the 1949 Marriage Act.
Names of witnesses, details of father and his occupation may be of interest.
Year of the death. Registration district. Column No. 1 ~ When and where died. No. 2 ~ Name and surname. No. 3 ~ Sex. No. 4 ~ Age. No. 5 ~ Occupation. No. 6 ~ Cause of death. No. 7 ~ Signature, description, and residence of informant. No. 8 ~ When registered. No. 9 ~ Signature of a registrar.
The above was authorised by the 1953 Births and Deaths Registration Act.
Address at death may be useful in obtaining a Will, if one exists.