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What are Civil Registrations

What are Civil Registrations?

Now that the introductions are over, we can begin the process of constructing our family. In the last lesson we discussed variations in building materials which were record groups seperated by locality and time period. This time we are going to become quite specific and discuss those materials that form the foundation of our research. A record group which has many names but they all mean essentially the same thing. These are the civil registrations of births, marriages, and deaths in a country. These solid pieces of evidence help hold the whole family structure together.

Vital Record

In America, family members may simply refer to these records as birth, marriage, or death records. The government, on the other hand, may call these records, Vital Records or Vital Statistics. The state may classify them as Health Department records. Some government entities call them Civil Records and identify them as any records kept by a civil authority (rather than a religious entity). Lesson Two in Your Great Ancestral Hunt series covered American Vital Records and Lesson Three covered Vital Record Substitutes. This lesson is going to go worldwide, as we introduce the equivalent of our American Vital Records in other countries.

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