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09-04-2019, 11:12   #1
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Civil Registration before church

Can anyone tell me or give me an idea, why a child would be civilly registered before being baptised ? My G, GranUncle was civilly registered on the 8th of October 1865 but was only baptised on the 22nd of October according to the parish records.
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Forgot to add that he was registered with a different name than the one he went on to be baptised with

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09-04-2019, 11:30   #2
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First, are you sure it's the same person?

Common thing with names is that the civil might only have one but baptism has 2. An ancestor of mine was registered with one name and has two (legal name as middle name) on baptism. We were told this was because her first name wasn't a saint's name.

Are they Protestants? They generally waited a lot longer to baptise.
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After 1864 it was a legal requirement to register births, marriages and deaths and within a time period of the event. Baptism was just a religious ceremony welcoming the new child into the religion of its parents. With marriage, the church acted as a registrar of the event and passed on information to the authorities.
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While the above is true, the parents would have placed MUCH MORE emphasis on the baptism than the birth registration and people were still getting used to the new system in 1865 (and indeed for many years after).

Also does the parish record give a DOB as well as a date of baptism?
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