25 August 2014

Good News -- Mother's names to now be added to marriage certificates in England and Wales!

England marriage certificate of my parents, Richard Alfred Acey + Margaret Joyce Fountain, 1958.
Notice that only the fathers are listed!
(Copyright 2014 Diane L Richard)
Since Queen Victoria’s time 1830’s—marriage certificates in England and Wales included only the names of the father of the bride and groom—not the mothers.  Scotland and Wales already include mother’s names. In fact when civil registration was introduced in Scotland in 1855 mothers' names were on marriage certificates from day one!

Due to a petition gathering - with nearly 70,000 names and over 100 members of Parliament this will now be changed to include mothers’ names on marriage records. One hundred years ago women were the “property” of their father’s which probably explains why only the father’s names were included. This “rights” an historical wrong against women and for future researchers to learn about their ancestors.   

To learn more see: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-28844124. Prime Minister Cameron said: "It's high time the system was updated."

The link above includes a few videos that discuss the history, the petition, and interviews the person behind the petition: Ailsa Burkimsher Sadler.

Source: IAJGS Public Records Access Alert via Jan Meisels Allen, Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee, via Jan Alpert (Past President NGS)

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