Changes to Marriage Registration

A marriage certificate can be a useful, and sometimes crucial, piece of the puzzle in corroborating elements of our probate research.

The certificate will provide various clues including the newlyweds’, age, address, profession, and marital status. Additionally, the certificate will provide details of both father’s names and their occupations.

The Home Office have revealed amendments to the Marriage Act, which aims to modernise the system. The law reform will mean that, for the first time, marriage certificates are to record both parents’ names and occupations, regardless of gender. The Home Office have said this change will ‘correct a historic anomaly’.

Furthermore, changes have been made to the marriage registration process. Marriage registration will no longer be paper based and the 84,000 registry books in use will now be replaced by a single electronic register.

A benefit of this new system is that large numbers of hard copies will not have to be held on premises, saving time and money. It will also ensure a more secure, efficient, and flexible system which will ultimately make it easier to implement future changes.

The hope is this will bring outdated regulations in line with societal changes and into the 21st Century. From a research perspective, it will also be helpful in the years to come to have even more information for geological purposes.

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