Tracing your family history has never been easier. Getting hold of marriage certificates for all those major life events such as births, deaths and marriage certificates is as simple as clicking on the ancestry website of choice.
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Death Certificate Copy 1.2 In 1834, the "Births and Deaths Act" was passed into law and went into full effect three years later, on July 01, 1837. This act made it a legal requirement for everyone to have an official certificate of birth, marriage and death.
Description: Tracing your family history has never been easier. Getting hold of certificates for all those major life events such as births, deaths and marriage certificates is as simple as clicking on the ancestry website of choice, putting in what you know and letting the experts do the rest. Genealogists have done it many times before and are experts in the General Register Office (GRO) systems in particular the GRO index reference numbering system. The GRO index reference numbering (GROIR) system takes original paper documents such as birth, death and marriage certificates and allocates them a code based on the contents of the document. The exact code will be determined by a number of things including the nature of the event that the documents register. So a marriage certificate will be assigned one code number while a birth certificate will get a different one. Likewise the year of the marriage registered on the marriage certificate will give it a part of the code. The expert genealogist very quickly learns to speak in GROIR number codes so as to be able to interrogate the registry databases from all over the country. For the amateur genealogist, looking to track down a particular family history, understanding the GROIR numbers is the first step. With a number they can go on to view the particular birth, death or marriage certificate of their parents, grandparents or great grandparents. Unfortunately records only go back as far as 1837. For information before that date the genealogist turns into Indiana Jones and goes in search of the real thing in local parish records. From 1837 to 1984 documents were recorded in the quarter year in which they occurred. So this is reflected in the GROIR number code. Since 1984 the codes change to reflect the record keeping practice of only recording dates within the calendar year.