About the registration of births, marriages and deaths, introduced in England and Wales on 1 July 1837.
From the first quarter of the nineteenth century the parish registers of the Church of England became less comprehensive as a record of the population as a whole. The growth of nonconformist churches and the migration of workers to large industrial towns created the need for a national system of civil registration in England and Wales.
The government introduced the civil registration of all births, marriages and deaths on 1 July 1837, under the direction of the Registrar General.
Our Brief Guide to Civil Registration has more information about local registration districts and who to contact.