General Register Office

Indexes of births, marriages and deaths at sea and abroad, 1761-2005

The armed forces records begin in 1761 and include records registered with the General Register Office. The non-military records begin in 1837, when civil registration was established. The indexes do not cover all overseas births, marriages and deaths – some records are lost, other never make it to the General Register Office for other reasons. For any index entry located you can order a certificate (Pounds) from the General Register Office itself.

From 1854 records of births, marriages and deaths at sea had, first, to be recorded in ships’ logs. When the ships next docked at a British port the information from the logs was then recorded by the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen (RGSS). Copies of the RGSS registers were periodically sent to the General Register Office.

Statutory registration of marriages in other countries began in 1849. Marriages were registered in the country where they took place before notification was sent to the General Register Office, so local records of marriages may exist in some countries.

Author: Hunter One Name Study

I have been researching my family tree for over thirty-three years and a member of Clan Hunter. In 2015 I registered the surname Hunter with the Guild of One-Name Studies and this blog will be my goal to share my research, photos, and as the clan's travel agent 2017 I will be adding our Clan Hunter Gathering 2017 which was very special because our Clan Hunter's 30th Laird participated in the opening of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle August 5th, 10:30 p.m. with her clansmen. Find A Grave contributor #47833985 Being a travel agent since 1991 I am a SCOTSagent, BRITagent, and at the present have two group tours to Scotland in 2017. One is a Clan Hunter Gathering at Hunterston Castle given by Madam Pauline Hunter of Hunterston, 30th Laird of Clan Hunter.

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