Catalogue description General Register Office: Local Registration Services: Correspondence and Papers

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Details of RG 21
Reference: RG 21
Title: General Register Office: Local Registration Services: Correspondence and Papers

Correspondence with selected local registration districts relating to the creation of the original registration districts and dealing with matters such as the appointment of registration officers, registration schemes, boundary changes and the provision of accommodation for registration purposes.

Date: 1836-1998
Related material:

For correspondence with the Poor Law Commission and Board and the Local Government Board, see pieces 191-195 in

MH 19

Correspondence with the Home Office concerning registration districts is in HO 39/4

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

General Register Office, 1836-1970

Physical description: 189 files and volumes
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

From 1976 Office of Population Censuses and Surveys

Accruals: Series is accruing
Administrative / biographical background:

The first registration districts were based on Poor Law Unions but could be, and were, varied to meet local circumstances, in particular local government boundary changes, by Order of the Registrar General. The Local Government Act 1929 required a general rearrangement of districts but the need for the Registrar General's formal order in some circumstances did not lapse until the coming into force of the Registration Service Act 1953, which made provision for administrative rearrangement. The earliest registration officers were paid partly by their fees and partly by the Poor Law Guardians who appointed them; when the office of guardians was abolished under the Local Government Act 1929 responsibility for the appointment and payment of the registrars was transferred to local government.

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