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Collecting birth info pre 1875.


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The recent "registrar" thread inspired me to start one about how the registrars collected info of births in the district or sub district before 1875 when it fell on the parents to register the birth or death.

Marriages usually took place with a registrar present.

My guess is that midwives reported births in the district to the registrar or his deputies. Ie she kept records of births or told them "Mrs Elsie Marmaduke had a baby on 21 April in Ruskington and Mrs Smith had a baby in the farmhouse just down the lane 2 days earlier". Dont know if anyone know other ways they collected info but this seems the easiest.

Same for deaths, maybe doctors were in keeping with the registrars.

Or when the registrar made their weekly visit to the parish, parents came forwards perhaps.