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The Family History Library has collected some microfilms and published holdings of the original records for both Ireland and Scotland, but no Civil Registrations will be found for England and Wales. The collection in the Family History Library includes microfiche and microfilm copies of the index to the civil registrations between 1837 and 1983. These are arranged quarterly by the surname of those who were registered. This is very important to know because an event (birth, marriage, or death) is recorded in the index when it was registered, not when it happened. This is why it is very important to check a three month period (or quarter) after an event if you do not find your person in the month you expect to find them.

Indexes are arranged by year and by quarter:

  • The first quarter covers January, February, and March
  • The second quarter covers April, May, and June
  • The third quarter covers July, August, and September
  • The fourth quarter covers October, November, and December
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