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From: "FHSC Webmaster" <>
Subject: Re: [CHS] death certificates
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2007 19:29:09 -0000
OK, here goes ... :-)
The regulations you referred to state that the Registrars of births,
marriages and deaths must allow searches of the register books in their
custody. However, the Registrars only have custody of the registers
currently in use. As soon as a register becomes full, the Registrar has
to hand it over to the custody of the Superintendent Registrar (their
boss), who holds all the completed books for the district back to July
So my question is -
Which laws or regulations say that a Superintendent Registrar has to
allow free access to the registers in their custody?
The Famly History Society of Cheshire
> -----Original Message-----
> [mailto:] On Behalf Of Guy Etchells
> Sent: 22 January 2007 18:38
> To: 'Cheshire...rootsweb list'
> Subject: Re: [CHS] death certificates
> FHSC Webmaster wrote:
> > Hello Guy,
> > I had a feeling you might want to disagreee at this point
> :-) This
> > is certainly something we've touched upon in the past, and the key
> > issue hinges on whether a "Superintendent Registrar" is also a
> > "Registrar" as defined by the acts. Probably a little
> heavy-going for
> > New Year's Eve, but if listers would like to hear both sides of the
> > argument of view then maybe we could revisit the subject after the
> > celebrations (and
> > hangovers) have subsided ...
> > All the best for 2007,
> > Brett
> > --
> > Brett Langston
> > The Family History Society of Cheshire
> > www.fhsc.org.uk
> If you are still willing to debate the above Brett I would offer the
> Regulations of Registrars of Marriages, the instruction book for
> Registrars to back my assertions that search may be made in
> registers by
> members of the public.
> On page 32 this states-
> "The Registrar must, on application made to him at any
> reasonable time,
> and on payment to him of the Search Fee or Fees stated below,
> allow the
> Register Book or Books in his custody to be search, or
> himself make the
> Search required, for any Entry of Marriage. All Searches must
> be made by
> himself or in his presence; and he must prevent any injury to the
> Register Books, or the alteration of any part of an Entry therein.
> This to me substantiates my view that it was intended by the various
> Acts of Parliament that members of the public were to be allowed to
> search the registers and not just the Registrars.
> Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England.
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