Would it be possible to take the pieces to a photocopy shop and get it
copied, both sides on the one copy as if it was complete. Then if you
completely lose the original at least you would have a copy to recall what
it said. I seem to recall reading, on another list, recently that during
the early 1900s short certificates were issued as a matter of course free of
charge and if you wanted a full one you had to pay for it. The threepence
charge was probably stamp duty, my full birth certificate has a postage
stamp worth just a few pence, on it which covers the stamp duty, a kind of
tax imposed on these things.
Don't quote me though as I am not certain that this is the case it would be
best to read up on the subject.
Have you tried looking on the Genuki pages for the UK and England in
particular under the heading of Civil Registration? that might explain more
fully about the different forms of Certificates etc.,
Go to www.genuki.org.uk
and see if it helps.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jennifer MacPherson" <sjmac(a)xtra.co.nz>
Sent: Wednesday, March 31, 2004 1:16 AM
Subject: [ERY] 1908 'Cheap' Birth Certificate
Because I already had a copy birth certificate for my mother I had
checked her original one which she had put into a sealed envelope marked
'Birth Certificate Ivy Ann MacPherson - Fragile:' She had once told me
that it was falling to bits because it was a cheap birth certificate and
all her parents could afford at the time.
I have just opened the envelope and discovered that it is a small
certificate showing only her name and date of birth, reference numbers
and district and dated 1908. On the back it refers to payment of a fee
not exceeding three-pence. Does any one know what the fee for a full
certificate issued in 1908 would have been?
The certificate is in a fragile tattered state and in two halves with a
small portion missing. Can a lister member advise me if I should leave
it as it is or try to piece it together. I know sellotape is not
The name of the Deputy Registrar was L. HOUGHTON, in case someone is
researching that name. Reg. District is Hull Sub district Myton.
Jennifer MacPherson NZ
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