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From: "Jeff Coleman" <>
Subject: Re: Understanding Districts
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2004 23:14:33 -0000
I have seen at our local County Archives a map showing the location of
registration districts. The old ones used initially - where Bradford was
XXIII and Lambeth was IV - appear to have been based on the groupings of
parishes used for the operation of the New Poor Law, workhouses and outdoor
relief. The more modern system divided England and Wales into a smaller
number of primary regions - 1 to 11 - and then subdivided by letters to give
manageable areas of reasonable population.
There is detail on GENUKI if you look for Civil Registration or Registration
----- Original Message -----
From: "Arnie Iles" <>
Sent: Friday, January 23, 2004 10:53 PM
Subject: Understanding Districts
> Hello List,
> I've tried to follow the recent discussion of districts between Philip
Powell and Archer Barrie, and I have looked a the District to Volume mapping
table accessible via the FreeBMD web site.
> But I'm afraid I just don't get the picture with Volumes. Could someone
explain to me, or point me to an explanation, how the source volumes are
organized? For example, is there some relation between all the 1x volumes,
such as 1a, 1b, 1c and so forth? And the 2x, 3x and so on?
> Was there some pattern the original Civil Registration folks used to
allocate districts to volumes? Or did new volumes just get created whenever
they were needed, and districts assigned to them randomly?
> In each volume is a block of pages allocated to a district, then when that
block fills up another block is/was allocated in some new volume?
> Those are probably enough questions to start with.
> Maybe this belongs on the Discussions list, but I spent half an hour
trying to find it with no luck.
> Arnie Iles
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