General Register Office: Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths surrendered to the Non Parochial Registers Commission of 1857, and other registers and church records

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General Register Office: Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths surrendered to the Non Parochial Registers Commission of 1857, and other registers and church records

Registers of birth, baptisms, death, burials and marriages which were collected by the Non-Parochial Registers Commissioners of 1857, or which were later deposited for safe custody at the General Register Office and the Public Record Office. Some of these registers were authenticated by the Commissioners, and are marked to that effect: others were left unauthenticated because they arrived at the General Register Office after the Commission was dissolved. Some may have been refused authentication by the Commissioners. Among the more extensive collections in this series are the registers of the British Lying-in Hospital, Holborn, which record particulars of births and baptisms; registers of burials in the Victoria Park Cemetery, the New Burial Ground, Southwark, Bunhill Fields Burial Ground, Hackney, and the Bethnal Green Protestant Dissenters Burying Ground; registers of Chapels Royal at St James's Palace, Whitehall and Windsor Castle.

The rest of the series contains the archive of the Russian Orthodox Church in London, 1721-1927. The records include not only registers of births, marriages, deaths and conversions, but also comprehensive general records on the day-to-day workings of the church. The usual language is Russian, with some Greek; there are a few documents such as certificates, letters and passports in English, French and German.

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The first part of the series (RG 8/1-110) is formed by non-parochial registers. These are listed in county order, and then by place.

Related Material:
Some complementary registers are deposited in the Guildhall Library.
For further records relating to the Chapel Royal see PRO 30/19
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Bethnal Green Protestant Dissenters Burial Ground, London, 1793-
British Lying-In Hospital, Holborn, 1749-1868
Bunhill Fields Burial Ground, Hackney, London, 1713-
Chapel Royal, St James Palace, London, 1540-
Chapel Royal, Whitehall, London, 1540-
Chapel Royal, Windsor Castle, Windsor, 1525-
New Burial Ground, Southwark, London, 1840-
Victoria Park Cemetery, London, 1853-
Physical description:
314 microform
Access conditions:
Available in digital format
Immediate source of acquisition:
General Register Office

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