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Exploring Manx Records: The BMD Registers And Their Uses

Within the realms of planning family history and genealogy, the importance of being able to search the birth, marriage and death registers for information about people you are researching in the past is a very important thing. For one thing, they offer an incredibly personal insight into the lives of your immediate family. In some cases, they can throw up more questions than they answer, but that is all part of the fun of researching a family tree and getting to know your roots!

What you will find on a BMD certificate

You may have found your ancestor in the BMD records online at Manx BMD and youíre ready to order their certificate. What information can you expect to find on it and how can it help you?

Birth certificate

This will contain the following:

When the birth is added to the index, it is the year of registration and place of registration which is included, not the year and place of birth. Someone who was born in December, may not have been registered until January the following year.

Marriage certificate

This will contain the following:

Marriages which take place in a registry office or non-Church of England place of worship are referred to as Dissenter marriages. Knowing this can be important when looking for a marriage entry. Marriages which take place in a Church of England will have the following sentence at the bottom of the certificate: "Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church" and then the name of the vicar. Those which take place in a "Dissenter" might have the following: "Married in the [Name of Church] according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Catholic Church" or "... Rites and Ceremonies of the Methodists..."

Death certificate

This will contain the following: