NEWS : Mothers' Names Now Included On Marriage Registers In England & Wales

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WilmaM
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NEWS : Mothers' Names Now Included On Marriage Registers In England & Wales

Post by WilmaM » Tue May 04, 2021 3:39 pm

Good news for future researchers:
Mothers of brides and grooms in England and Wales will now be added to marriage certificates for the first time.

Until now, the document only included the names of the fathers of the couple, but a change to the Marriage Act means both parents will be included.

The Home Office said the move would "correct a historic anomaly".

Marriages will also be recorded electronically, rather than written in a registry book, as part of the biggest changes to the system since 1837.

The government said the creation of a single electronic register, which goes live on Tuesday, would speed up the process and remove the need for any details to be extracted from hard copies...

...The move brings England and Wales into line with the rest of the UK.

In Scotland and Northern Ireland, couples are already asked to give the names of both parents on marriage documentation.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-56975357

Just 160-odd years too late!

garibaldired
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Re: NEWS : Mothers' Names Now Included On Marriage Registers In England & Wales

Post by garibaldired » Wed May 05, 2021 11:35 am

I'll say!
Just a shame about the electronic bit though.

Best wishes,
Meg

WilmaM
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Re: NEWS : Mothers' Names Now Included On Marriage Registers In England & Wales

Post by WilmaM » Wed May 05, 2021 12:11 pm

Just a shame about the electronic bit
I know, but it's the way things are going now.

When I registered my Father's death in November, it was all done over the phone, and it saddened me that I couldn't actually sign anything.

One advantage is that they shouldn't be scratching their heads over the handwriting in the future - though will electronic methods stand the test of time the way paper and ink has?

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Re: NEWS : Mothers' Names Now Included On Marriage Registers In England & Wales

Post by garibaldired » Thu May 06, 2021 10:40 am

Sorry to hear about your father, Wilma.

One advantage is that they shouldn't be scratching their heads over the handwriting in the future


But what about the spelling? :D

Meg

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