BIRTH AND DEATH REGISTRATION

Births. Information regarding births must be supplied to the local registrar and the register signed within forty-two days of the event.

Responsibility for supplying this information rests with the parents, but, if they neglect to advise the registrar, the occupier of the house at which the birth took place becomes responsible. Failing the latter, those present at the birth are liable.

No charge is made for registration within the prescribed time, but a certificate of birth or a copy of the register may be had for a small fee. The information required of those who give notice of a birth is as follows : (1) date of birth ; (2) name of child ; (3) whether boy or girl ; (4) name of father ; (5) married and maiden name of mother ; (6) father’s occupation ; (7) signature, occupation and residence of the informer.

Deaths.

According to the law of the country, information must be given to the local registrar within five days of a death by (1) a relation who was present at the death. If such person should fail, then (2) another relative must supply the information, or (3) someone who was present at the time, (4) the occupier of the house, (5) an inmate of the house, or (6) the person who makes the arrangements for the funeral.

Along with the information supplied, the doctor’s certificate (or that of a coroner) is handed to the registrar. He issues a certificate of registry, which is given to the cemetery authorities or the clergyman at the time of the funeral. In the case of cremation, two medical men must issue certificates.

The person in whose house a death takes place is legally bound to bury the corpse.

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