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From: Heather <>
Subject: [Ess] Freebmd/GRO (was Which subscription?)
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2008 19:38:01 +0000 (GMT)
Just thought I would add another reason why you may not find an event recorded in the GRO.
Civil registration was brought in during the latter half of 1837 and at first was not compulsory, so another reason you may not find an event recorded. It was not made compulsory until the law was changed to make it so in 1874.
When it was first introduced (1837) the registrar would travel around visiting areas so that people could register an event. After the new Act of 1874, the onus was then on the person to report the event by visiting the registrar office themselves.
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--- On Tue, 30/12/08, Steve <> wrote:
> Even if you go to the GRO site it does not guarantee that
> you will find
> all events since 1837 as mistakes were made or records
> lost, and in the
> early days people just did not register as they were
> supposed to.