Following on from the discussion about local civil registration records and
GRO records ...
Does anyone know how the local records were compiled into a single quarterly
alphabetic index at GRO - what was the process? Can someone describe all
the steps from bride/bridegroom identifying themselves and signing names
through to records at GRO?
I presume that the process will include:
1. record is made at the church or registry office - hand-written
2. periodically the church/registry records are transcribed to record
(ordered by date) held by county registrar - hand-written
3. periodically, county records are copied by hand and sent to GRO
4. GRO records are compiled into a single alphabetic list, again
This is only a guess - do I have too many steps here? However many steps,
the scale of the task suggests it could be a highly prone to error.
Manually sorting all the quarterly records into a single alphabetic
hand-written list at GRO must have been a very long job. Surprising that
the GRO records do not contain more errors! I guess that the process is
computer-aided these days, but still lots of opportunity for error.
HULME from Pilsworth
BRIGGS from Padiham
GAUL from Liverpool and Manchester (Ardwick)
FAIRHURST from Manchester