Change to Marriage Act.

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  1. Bay Horse

    Bay Horse Can be a bit of a dark horse

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    From BBC News this morning: Marriage certificates in England and Wales will now record the names of both parents, instead of just the father.

    'The Home Office said the move would "correct a historic anomaly".'

    Also, there'll also be a single electronic register, rather than marriages being written in a registry book. That goes live from Tuesday. :)
     
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    AnnB Editor in Chief who is Hot off the Press!

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    I was just about to post the same message :D
     
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    Nelli Well-Known Member

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    Excellent. Now make them apply it retrospectively ;)
     
  4. Archie's Mum

    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    It’s been that way from at least 1858 here. I have one dated then and all parents are noted.
    Let’s just hope the electronic register doesn’t give up the ghost with no paper register to fall back on.
     
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    Bay Horse Can be a bit of a dark horse

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    My thoughts exactly. :nailbiting:
     
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    mugwortismy cat Tenacious to the End!

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    I'm sure many will still wish to keep paper records of the marriages in their churches/chapels/special places

    As a side note, both of my sisters refused to have our father's name on the marriage cert, I doubt they were allowed to put my mum's name there, though I have come across one C19th marriage where the mother was named
     
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    This is a serious point and one nobody seems to be taking notice of. In my previous life, I was responsible for records management and was in a seminar about the digitisation of records. I asked what plans were being made for the future as technology etc moves on so how were they future proofing today's digital information. I was more or less sneered at and told that 'the internet isn't going away'. I kept my cool and asked them how they were now recovering information from 3.5 and 5 in floppy disks as when they were produced, they were cutting edge technology and are now unusable and unless by now, very old equipment, still exists, unreadable. Deathly silence, not a word in reply apart from shamefaced looks and shuffled feet from the previously dismissive presenter.

    One of the only reason some of our very old documentation exists is because it is on vellum, which is long lived. I'm not suggesting we should go back to that, although I'd be willing to sharpen my quill and set to the effort ;) but in all seriousness, it needs to be thought about.
     
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    Daft Bat Administrator. Chief cook & bottle washer! Staff Member

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    @Nelli I agree whole-heartedly.

    My previous life was as a Civil Servant and we were told to work towards a "paperless office". This idea lasted until someone realised that, in certain cases, paper records would need to be kept as evidence for possible fraud cases, court cases, etc. We ended up with 2 paper copies being kept separately.... Just in case... ;)
     
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    burt Where there's a will there's a way!

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    It certainly does need some effective back up system.
    It is all too easy for the whole lot to disappear into the
    ether!
     
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    ...especially if a hacker got at it :eek:
     
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    Daft Bat Administrator. Chief cook & bottle washer! Staff Member

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    :eek:
     
  12. Archie's Mum

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    Who’d ever thought PAPER would be the universal backup. ;)
    Hubby prints out the electronic bills and payment receipt numbers.......just in case. Nothing like paper proof that payment was made. Then shreds after a few months.
     
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