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Multilingual Demographic Dictionary, second unified edition, English volume

Vital record

Multilingual Demographic Dictionary, second unified edition, English vol.
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Vital record  (VITAL record)

Vital events 1 may be defined as births, deaths, stillbirths, foetal deaths, marriages, adoptions, legitimations, recognitions, annulments, divorces and separations; in short all the events which have to do with an individual’s entrance into or departure from life together with changes in civil status 2. Records of these events are generally called vital records 3, or registration records 3. For legal reasons vital events have, in many countries, long been the object of vital registration 4 or civil registration 4. Birth registration 5, marriage registration 7 and death registration 9 use special forms as birth records 6, marriage records 8 and death records 10; these are the most common types of registration documents. The person responsible for maintaining these registers is called the registrar 11.

  • 4. Register, n. - register, v. - registration, n.
    Civil registration systems are the descendents of registers (214-1) kept by religious groups. A register was originally a bound book in which one or several lines were devoted to an event Today individual records often take the form of certificates. They are separate documents for each recorded vital event.