The records include births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials abroad (but also including Lundy Island, Devon), and on British as well as foreign ships of British subjects, nationals of the colonies, the Commonwealth and countries under British jurisdiction and some foreign nationals.
The series contains original registers, notebooks and copies of entries in registers kept by incumbents of English churches and missions, British embassies, legations and political agents; documents deposited for safe keeping, correspondence and memoranda. The material relates mostly to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries but includes some for the seventeenth century concerning the English congregation at the Hague. It also includes a volume of marriages solemnised on board HM ships, 1842 to 1879, and a volume of events registered by British consuls prior to the Consular Marriages Act of 1849.
There are also two volumes compiled by the Colonial Office noting deaths from enemy action in the Far East, 1941 to 1945, and there is some material relating to protectorates, e.g. Malaya, Palestine, Mesopotamia (Iraq) and Wei Hai Wei.
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