Monday, 14 May 2012

Yorkshire civil registration history

Audrey Collin has an interesting look at the early days of civil registration in Huddersfield on her The Family Recorder blog at The post is a follow up to two recent pieces looking at early civil registration in Yorkshire, which can be read at and Not everybody was desperate to adopt the new system so quickly in 1837!


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  1. Thanks for the mention, Chris. It's good to know that I'm not the only one who finds this stuff interesting. My co-author and so-called friend Dave Annal once introduced one of my talks by saying 'What Audrey doesn't know about early civil registration isn't worth knowing - and quite a lot of what she does know isn't worth knowing either'. (OK, I had to admit that was quite funny).

    I'm continuing to dig into this Yorkshire material when I get the chance, and it seems that the Poor Law Commissioners were the real enemy, and the fledgling registration system just got caught in the cross-fire.