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Examples of certificates and other documents found in family history research

Note, the correct terminolgy for a certificate is "A certified copy of an entry in a register".

In the past certificates were handwritten transcripts of the register entry, larger parish eventually started printing "certificate blanks".
These saved time by requiring only the details that commonly changed to be entered by hand.

When civil registration began as a result of the 1836 Act for the registering of Births, Deaths, and Marriages in England The Registrar General printed forms to enable certified copies of a register entry to be supplied to members of the public.

It is these forms which are now termd certificates by the general public.

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Baptism & Birth Certificates

Burial & Death Certificates

Marriage Licences, Bonds & Registrars Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Guardianship Certificate

Army Certificates

School Health Certificate


Other useful documents

Example of an 1853 Bastardy Bond

Order for the Reception of a Pauper Patient (in an Asylum)

Apprentice Indentures

Court of Common Pleas

Confirmation Certificate

Wills & Inventories

Caution not everything recorded is accurate.

Gravestone 31st February 1898

Marriage Certificate from GROS