Birth and Death – deciphering those certificates

Why can the same birth be registered more than once and in different years? Why does a death registration involve three different certificates? This talk will look at the complex rules that govern the creation of these important documents, dispel a few myths, and help you understand how to decipher them to help in unlocking those complex research problems.

Non-members are invited to make a £3 donation towards costs.


28 Nov 2019


Doors open at 19:15
19:45 - 21:00
Reading Branch


Reading Branch
The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, 280 The Meadway, Tilehurst, Reading, RG30 4PE, Berkshire


  • Antony Marr
    Antony Marr

    Antony is a professional genealogist and member of the Council of AGRA (Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives). After retiring from a 30 year police career, he also worked as a Deputy Registrar of birth, deaths and marriages, leading to a special interest in the records of civil registration.

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Berkshire Family History Society works to meet the needs of those researching their ancestry across the UK and overseas – as well as those looking for former relatives in historic Berkshire.  You do not need to be a member to benefit.

The society offers:

  • Research Zone in central Reading that is free to use and open to all

  • Free access at The Centre for Heritage and Family History to online resources like FindMyPast, the 1939 Register, The Genealogist, the British Newspaper Archive and Ancestry (the worldwide edition)

  • Regular free help and advice sessions

  • Meetings in Abingdon, Bracknell, Newbury, Reading, Windsor and Woodley — open to everyone

  • Online discussion list for members  informed answers to research queries and advice from experienced researchers

  • Members’ Area with data and other information not readily accessible elsewhere

  • Indexes and transcriptions of Berkshire’s historic records on CD — parish registers, probate documents, monumental inscriptions, maps, First World War history and more

  • Quarterly magazine, the Berkshire Family Historian, for members

  • a chance to join in project work, recording, transcribing and helping to preserve records

  • Links to the research experience, advice and support of members worldwide

  • Opportunities to volunteer and so help others with their family history