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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course Methodology - Part 1: Getting Started, Methodology - Part 2: Organizing and Skillbuilding, Methodology - Part 3: More Strategies, Methodology - Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording, Methodology - Part 5: How To Prove It, and Methodology - Part 6: Professional Preparation and Practice  by Louise St Denis, Brenda Dougall Merriman and Dr. Penelope Christensen. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).



Recording Civil Registration (Vital Statistics)

For both indexes and registrations, do use a printed transcript form wherever possible. Transcript forms for British Civil Registration Indexes can be found in the course materials Research: English and Welsh Ancestors, Research: Scottish Ancestors, and Research: Irish Ancestors. Consult texts and societies for other countries/states/provinces, or make your own. A worked example is shown below.

Also useful are printed charts that show the whole list of years with boxes to check off as you search each one. Such charts can be found in the above mentioned courses and can be used for any country.

Example of Civil Registration Transcript Form DASHWOOD Marriages in England and Wales

Year Quarter  Surname Given Name(s) District Volume Page #
1837 3Q DASHWOOD Catherine Rosa Uttoxeter 17 199
1837 4Q DASHWOOD Lucy Westminster 1 354
1838 1Q DASHWOOD Anna Maria St. Martin 1 129
1838 4Q DASHWOOD Elizabeth Blandford 8 57
1839 2Q DASHWOOD Henry Poplar 2 295
1839 2Q DASHWOOD John de Courcy  Cheltenham 11 243
1839 2Q DASHWOOD Joseph  Yeovil 10 937
1839 3Q DASHWOOD Alfred William Camberwell 4 26


If you are doing a marriage search and know the surnames of both parties save yourself a lot of work by choosing to search first the most unusual surname, then cross reference to the common one. There will be far fewer to cross reference. Your notebook page can be set up below.

Marriage Search for Ann Brickett to James Taylor
Start looking for a marriage in the same quarter in which the first child arrives (2Q 1853), and then proceed backwards to a date when they are known, or likely, to be unmarried. In this case he was unmarried in the 1851 census taken on 30 Mar 1851

Year Q Ann BRICKETT District Vol. Page James TAYLOR
1853 2Q -




1Q -



1852 4Q Ann BRIGGET Maidstone 2a 179 X

3Q -




2Q Ann BRICKETT St. Saviour 1d 12 X

1Q Ann BRICKET Bethnal Green 1c 333 James TAYLOR
1851 4Q -




3Q -




2Q -




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