Sunday, February 01, 2009

Comedy of Errors

Comedy of Errors:

"The story of the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales in the 1800s,
by Michael Whitfield Foster

After six years of preparatory work, special and unprecedented permission from the Registrar General for three periods of unique research at the General Register Office (the GRO) in Southport has allowed me to explore the structures and workings of this national record system. The organisation and processes of the system have been revealed for the first time. This has produced a fascinating story of the many many ways in which the records have suffered from errors and omissions. Working directly within the GRO records has produced results far exceeding any of my prior expectations."


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