The civil registration of all births, marriages and deaths commenced on the 1st of July 1837 in England and Wales. A local and national system of records was created and certificates were issued to the persons concerned. The system remains in use today. Christenings, marriages and burials continue to be recorded in church registers except where someone from the parish was not christened, or got married at a Registry Office, or was either cremated or buried at a civil cemetery or crematorium.
At the outset the country was divided into Registration Districts based on the existing Poor Law Unions. The Registration Districts were further divided into Sub-Districts. The original records were kept at each registrar`s office and copies were sent to a central repository in London at the end of each quarter. Although the original registers are not available for public inspection it is possible to search the indexes. Copies of the indexes are available to view in person at the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service and also via subscription based web sites.
The Civil Parish of Caverswall was included in the Registration District of Cheadle between 1837 and 1974. East Vale was within the parish of Caverwall until 1894, between 1894 and 1896 it was included as a separate Civil Parish in the Registration district of Cheadle. After 1896 East Vale became a part of Longton in the Stoke Upon Trent Registration District.
The FreeBMD project web site provides a searchable index of the Births, Marriages and Deaths that have been registered in Staffordshire. This is a developing project and it includes many registrations from Caverswall. The web site is regularly updated and contains information about the current extent of the coverage. Click here to visit their website.
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