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Article dated : Mon, 18th February 2002

History of Civil Registration - A Selection of registers from the parish of Charing

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1681 - Registers varied considerably as to the amount of detail they contained, in some registers the baptisms, marriages and burials were entered all together and not separately as they are in this register. 1698 - This register shows entries of baptisms from 1698 - 1701.  It also includes details of the birth dates of those baptised. 1784 - The post 1754 registers included for the first time spaces for the marriage parties to sign their names and for the marriage to be officially witnessed.
1814 - Marriage registers now recorded the granting of parental or guardian's consent where one of both of the parties were under twenty-one at the time of the marriage. 1820 - The standardised register for burials provided for details of residence and age at death to be given. 1822 - Baptism registers now contained the residence of the person baptised and the 'quality, trade or profession' of the father.