Catalogue description General Register Office: Miscellaneous Foreign Returns

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Details of RG 32
Reference: RG 32
Title: General Register Office: Miscellaneous Foreign Returns

The series contains largely non-statutory records relating to births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials abroad, and on British as well as foreign ships, of British subjects, nationals of the colonies, the Commonwealth and countries under British jurisdiction. Events affecting some foreign nationals are also included. Records consist mainly of certificates issued by foreign registration authorities, which are in local languages, and copies of entries kept by incumbents of English churches and missions, chaplains and burial authorities. It also contains documents sent by individuals to the Registrar General.

For the Second World War period some notifications of deaths of members of the services, prisoners of war, civilians, internees and deaths through aircraft lost in flight are included. Notifications of some post-war deaths of civilians in mining service are preserved. There is also material relating to the Channel Islands and a return for births on Lundy Island (Devon).

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Date: 1831-1969

Many of the volumes in this series also have modern integral indexes of place and event. Baptismal notices are bound in the volumes according to the years of such events, which are not necessarily the years of the related births. Neither is the date of birth always stated on these documents.

Related material:

There are also considerable numbers of other sources of births, marriages and deaths of Britons overseas which are held in other record repositories; in particular the Guildhall and the Society of Genealogists.

Duplicate registers retained by consulates are held in Foreign Office, Division within FO

The records are indexed in RG 43

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

General Register Office, 1836-1970

Physical description: 59 volume(s)
Access conditions: Available in digital format unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

from 2001: Office for National Statistics

from 1977: General Register Office

Accruals: Series is accruing.
Publication note:

Additional information is also available in Geoffrey Yeo, 'The British Overseas, A Guide to Records of Their Births, Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths and Burials Available in the United Kingdom', London, 2nd edn, 1988

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