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From: "John Ball" <>
Subject: Re: [Mon] More on abbreviations U.D. etc on civil registration certificates
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2005 19:33:27 +0100
Melanie Tucker <> wrote:
I wonder if there isn't a website that lists the names of the towns and all
the different areas (U.D., civil parish, ecclesiastical parish, registration
district, hamlet, etc. etc.) the towns belonged to through the years.
It also appears to me that in the census they tended to list birthplace as
the parish they lived in instead of the actual town. Am I correct?
You'll find the solution to many of your problems on the GENUKI website. For
many people GENUKI seems to be a resource which is largely ignored. It is
well worth devoting time to exploring the GENUKI website and familiarising
yourself with its various sections.
At www.fhsc.org.uk/genuki/REG/district.htm there is an alphabetical list of
districts and an index of place-names for the whole of England and Wales.
Additionally, the 'Registration Districts in England and Wales (1837-1930)'
at www.fhsc.org.uk/genuki/REG/ comprises a list of the places in the civil
registration districts in each county in England and Wales. The same
districts were also used to compile the 1851 to 1901 censuses.
The following information is given for each district:
- Name of the district
- Date of creation
- Date of abolition (if before 1930)
- Names of the sub-districts
- The General Register Office (GRO) volume number used for the district in
the national indexes of births, marriages and deaths
- An alphabetical listing of the parishes included within its boundaries. If
a district covered parts of two or more counties, the areas in each county
are listed separately.
- The name(s) of the district(s) which currently hold the records.
Under each county section in GENUKI you'll find a list of towns and parishes
in the county concerned. For example, examine the Monmouthshire pages at
Regarding your final question: it is true that in the censuses, when asked
for their birthplace, many people quoted the parish of their birth, rather
than the village of their birth.
John Ball, Ystalyfera, near Swansea, Wales, UK
Images of Wales: http://www.wfha.clara.net/walespic/
Welsh Family History Archive: http://www.wfha.clara.net/wales/
GENUKI Breconshire Maintainer: http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/wal/BRE/
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