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PART I.

Registrar General.

4. The Lord Lieutenant shall cause a proper office to be provided in the City of Dublin, to be called the "General Register Office," and shall from time to time appoint for the said office a fit and competent person to be the Registrar General of Births and Deaths in Ireland, who shall hold office during the pleasure of the Lord Lieutenant, and be removable by him: Provided always, that the person who shall at the date of the passing of this Act hold the office of Registrar General of Marriages under an Act passed in the 7 & 8 Vict. c. 81, shall be appointed to the office of Registrar General under this Act.

5. The Registrar General shall cause to be made a seal of the said General Register Office, and shall cause to be sealed or stamped therewith all certified copies of entries given in the said office; and all certified copies of entries purporting to be sealed or stamped with the seal of the said General Register office (which seal it shall not be necessary to prove) shall be admissible as evidence in all parts of Her Majesty's dominions of the birth or death to which the same relates, without any further or other proof of such entry, and no certified copy purporting to be given in the said office shall be of any force or effect which is not sealed or stamped as aforesaid.

6. It shall be lawful for the Registrar General, with the consent of the Lord Lieutenant in Council, to alter the Forms annexed to this Act, regard being always had to the objects and purposes of this Act, and to rendering the same more effectual; and such alterations of Forms shall be published in the Dublin Gazette, and shall thereupon be deemed to be the Forms required to be used by this Act, and shall within fourteen days after the same shall have been issued, be laid before both Houses of Parliament, or if Parliament shall not be then sitting within fourteen days after the commencement of the then next session.

7. It shall be lawful for the Lord Lieutenant (or the Registrar General, subject to the approval of the Lord Lieutenant,) to appoint such and so many officers, clerks, and servants as may from time to time be necessary for carrying on the business of the General Register Office, and at pleasure to remove any of them: Provided always, that all officers, clerks, and servants who may be employed in the business of the General Register Office at the time of the passing of this Act shall, if the Lord Lieutenant (or Registrar General, subject to the approval of the Lord Lieutenant,) think fit, be employed in the business of the General Register Office under this Act as if their original appointment under the said Act, 7 & 8 Vict. c. 81, had been made under the authority of this Act.

8. Reciting that the Registrar General of Marriages appointed under the said Act has been heretofore required by the Lord Lieutenant to superintend the taking of the Census in Ireland, and also the annual collection of agricultural statistics, and to perform other public duties from time to time, in addition to those he was required to perform under the said Act, for which duties special remuneration has been heretofore awarded to him, in addition to the salary received by him under the said Act; and it is expedient that in respect of such duties, and of the additional duties he may be required to perform under this Act, or otherwise, he should be paid by salary: Enacts, That so much of the said Act, 7 & 8 Vict. c. 81, as enacts that the salary of the Registrar General shall not at any time exceed the sum of 8007. yearly shall be repealed; and it shall be lawful for the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury to appoint from time to time the salary of the said Registrar General, so that the same shall not at any time exceed the sum of 1,000l.

9. The salaries of the officers, clerks, and servants, and all such salaries and all other expenses of carrying this Act into execution not herein otherwise provided for, shall be paid out of any monies which may from time to time be provided by Parliament for that purpose; and the salary so to be appointed for the said Registrar General shall be deemed to include the remuneration for all duties which the said Registrar General is now or may hereafter be appointed or required to perform.

10. The Registrar General shall have power, subject to the approval of the Lord Lieutenant, to appoint by writing under his hand a fit person to act as his assistant in case of the illness or absence of the Registrar General; and every such assistant, while so acting, shall have all the powers and duties of the Registrar General, and be subject to all the provisions and penalties declared by the said Act and this Act, except that such assistant shall not have power to make or declare any general rule, or to rescind or alter any order, regulation, or approval. signified by the Registrar General or made by the Registrar General in writing under his hand, or to dismiss any person from any office holden during the pleasure of the Registrar General.

11. The Lord Lieutenant, or the Registrar General, with his approbation, shall and may from time to time make regulations for the management of the General Register Office, and for the discharge of the duties of the Registrar General, officers, clerks, and servants of the said office, and of the superintendent registrars and registrars, and their deputies hereinafter mentioned, so that such regulations be not contrary to the provisions of this Act; and the regulations so made and approved shall be binding on such Registrar

General, officers, clerks, and servants of the said office, and on the superintendent registrars and registrars, and their deputies respectively.

12. The Registrar General shall, in sufficient time before the 31st of December 1863, furnish to the guardians of every union printed notices, which the said guardians shall, on or before the said 31st of December, cause to be fixed or placed on the outside of the several church and chapel doors, or other public and conspicuous buildings or places within their respective unions, and which said notices shall specify the several Acts required to be done for the purpose of registering any birth or death, under the provisions of this Act.

13. All fees received by or on account of the Registrar General under the provisions of this Act shall be accounted for and paid by the Registrar General, at such times as the said Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury shall from time to time direct, into the Bank of Ireland, to the credit of Her Majesty's Exchequer.

14. The appointments of superintendent registrars and deputy superintendent registrars, and of registrars and deputy registrars, under this Act, and the duplicates and certified copies of registers, as hereinafter mentioned, shall be exempt from all stamp duties, save and except as hereinafter provided.

Supply of Books and Boxes.

15. The Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury shall cause to be furnished, upon the application of the Registrar General, for the use of the registrars appointed under this Act a sufficient number of strong iron boxes to hold the registerbooks to be kept by each registrar; and every such box shall be furnished with a lock and two keys and no more, and one of such keys shall be kept by the registrar and the other by the superintendent registrar appointed under this Act; and the register books of each district while in custody of the registrar and not in use shall be always kept in the register box, which shall always be left locked.

16. The Registrar General shall cause to be provided a sufficient number of such register books and forms as shall be necessary to the execution of this Act; and the register books shall be of durable materials, and in them shall be printed on each side of every leaf the heads of information herein required to be known and registered of births and deaths respectively; and every page of each of such books shall be numbered progressively from the beginning to the end of the book, beginning with number one, and every place of entry shall be also numbered progressively from the beginning to the

end of the book, beginning with number one, and every entry shall be divided from the following entry by a printed line; and the Registrar General shall furnish for the use of the registrars a sufficient number of register books of births and register books of deaths as may from time to time be required for the purposes of this Act.

PART II.

Division of Districts.

17. Every union which shall have been formed by the Poor Law Commissioners, under the provisions of the Acts for the relief of the destitute poor in Ireland, shall, from and after the said 31st of December 1863, be a superintendent registrar's district: Provided that in the event of any alteration being thereafter made in the boundaries of any of the said unions, or in the event of the Registrar General considering it expedient for the better execution of this Act, it shall be lawful for the Registrar General to make such alterations in the boundaries of any superintendent registrar's district under this Act as he may, subject to the approval of the Lord Lieutenant, deem expedient and proper.

18. Each dispensary district of a poor-law union shall, with the approval of the Registrar General, be a registrar's district for the purposes of this Act; but it shall be lawful for the Registrar General to subdivide any such dispensary district into two or more registrar's districts if he shall think fit to do so, and every such registrar's district shall be called by a distinct name. In the event of any alteration being made in the boundaries of any such dispensary district, or in the event of the Registrar General considering it expedient for the better execution of this Act, it shall be lawful for the Registrar General to make such alterations in the boundaries of any registrar's district as he may, subject to the approval of the Lord Lieutenant, deem expedient and proper.

19. The superintendent registrar's and registrar's districts of each union, and every alteration of any such districts, shall be published by the Registrar General within the union and elsewhere, as may be deemed necessary, in such manner as the Registrar General shall think

proper.

Register Office.

20. The guardians of each union shall provide and uphold, out of the monies coming into their hands or control as such guardians, a Register Office, according to a plan to be approved by the Registrar General, for preserving the registers to

be deposited therein as hereinafter provided; and such register office may, with the sanction of the Poor-Law Commissioners, and if the guardians think fit, be made in some part of the existing poor-house, and the care of the said office and the custody of the registers deposited therein shall be given to the superintendent registrar of the district.

21. The boards of guardians may borrow money for the purpose of providing such register office, and may charge the amount of the sum borrowed on the future rates of the union of which they are guardians, in the manner provided by the acts for the relief of the poor in Ireland with respect to money borrowed under the provisions of the said Acts.

Superintendent Registrars and Registrars.

22. The clerk of the union for the time being shall, if he shall think fit to accept such office, and have such qualifications as the Registrar General may by any general rule declare to be necessary, be the superintendent registrar thereof. In the event of his refusal or disqualification to act in that capacity, the guardians of the union shall appoint a person with such qualifications as the Registrar General may by any general rule declare to be necessary, to be the superintendent registrar. Every superintendent registrar shall hold his office during the pleasure of the Registrar General.

23. The medical officer for the time being of each dispensary district not subdivided as aforesaid shall, if he shall think fit to accept such office, and have such qualifications as the Registrar General may by any general rule declare to be necessary, be the registrar of the said district. In the event of his refusal or disqualification to act in that capacity, the guardians of the union in which such dispensary district is situate shall appoint a person with such qualifications as the Registrar General may by any general rule declare to be necessary, to be the registrar of such district. In any case in which there are two medical officers in one dispensary district, the guardians shall appoint one of such medical officers, qualified as aforesaid, to be the registrar of such district; and in case the Registrar General shall subdivide the dispensary district into two or more districts, the guardians shall appoint registrars, qualified as aforesaid, for such districts, preference being given to the medical officer or medical officers, as the case may be, of the dispensary district. Every registrar shall hold his office during the pleasure of the Registrar General.

24. In every case in which any clerk of a union or any medical officer of a dispensary district shall hold office under this Act and shall cease to be a

clerk of the union or medical officer of the dispenssary district, he shall cease to hold his office under this Act in such union or district. In every such case and in every case in which any superintendent registrar or registrar shall be removed by the Registrar General from his office under this Act, notice thereof shall be forthwith given by advertisement in some newspaper circulating in the county or counties wherein the district for which such officer may act shall be, and every such person shall thenceforth cease to hold his office under this Act in such district.

25. In every case in which the clerk of union or the medical officer shall not think fit or shall be disqualified to accept the office of superintendent registrar or registrar, and the guardians shall refuse or neglect, during fourteen days after being required so to do by the Registrar General, to appoint a superintendent registrar or registrar properly qualified, and in every case of vacancy of the office of superintendent registrar or registrar in any district in which the guardians shall refuse or neglect, during fourteen days after such vacancy, to appoint a superintendent registrar or registrar properly qualified, the appointment shall be made by the Lord Lieutenant.

26. Every superintendent registrar and registrar shall, subject to the approval of the Registrar General, appoint by writing under his hand a fit person to act as his deputy in case of the illness or unavoidable absence of such superintendent registrar or registrar; and every such deputy, while so acting, shall have all the powers and duties, and be subject to all the penalties herein declared concerning superintendent registrars and registrars respectively; and in case of the death or resignation of the superintendent registrar or registrar as the case may be, shall act as superintendent registrar or registrar until another superintendent registrar or registrar is appointed; and every superintendent registrar or registrar shall be civilly responsible for the acts and omissions of his deputy.

27. In every case in which any superintendent registrar or registrar shall die, or be removed from or otherwise cease to hold his office, all register boxes, keys, books, documents, and papers in his possession as such superintendent registrar or registrar, or which shall come into the possession of his representatives, shall be given up as soon as conveniently may be to his successor in office. If any person shall refuse to give up any such box, key, book, document, or paper in such case as aforesaid, it shall be lawful for any Justice of the Peace for the county or other jurisdiction where such person shall be or reside, upon application made for that purpose, to issue a warrant under his hand and seal for bringing such person before any two Justices of the Peace for the said county

or other jurisdiction; and upon such person appearing or not being found it shall be lawful for such Justices to hear and determine the matter in a summary way; and if it shall appear to the Justices that any such box, key, book, document, or paper is in the custody or power of any such person, and that he has refused or wilfully neglected to deliver the same to the person in whose custody the same ought to be, the said Justices shall commit such offender to the common gaol or house of correction for the said county or jurisdiction, there to remain without bail until he shall have delivered up the same, or until satisfaction shall have been given in respect thereof, and the said Justices may grant a warrant to search for any such box, key, book, document, or paper, as in the case of stolen goods, in any dwellinghouse or other premises in which any credible witness shall prove upon oath before them that there is reasonable cause to suspect the same to be; and the same when found shall be delivered to the person in whose custody it ought to be.

28. Every superintendent registrar and his deputy, and every registrar and his deputy, shall reside or have a known place of business within the district for which he is appointed, and shall cause his name, with the addition of superintendent registrar or registrar of births and deaths, or deputy superintendent registrar, or deputy registrar of births and deaths (as the case may be), for the district for which he is so appointed, and the days and hours during which he will attend at such residence or place of business, to be placed on some conspicuous place on or near the outer door of his dwelling-house, or known place of business; and every superintendent registrar shall cause to be printed and published in his district a list of the names and places of abode or known places of business of every registrar of births and deaths under his superintendence, and also his own name and place of abode or known place of business.

29. Every superintendent registrar and registrar appointed under the provisions of this Act shall be freed and exempted from serving on any jury or inquest, and from every parochial and corporate office whatever.

PART III.

Registration of Births and Deaths.

30. Every registrar shall, subject to the regulations to be made under this Act, be and he is hereby authorized and required to inform himself carefully of every birth and death which shall happen within his district after the 31st of December 1863, and to learn and register as soon after the event as conveniently may be done, and with

out fee or reward, save as herein provided, in one of the said register books, the particulars required to be registered, according to the Forms (A.) and (B.) hereunto annexed respectively, touching every such birth or every such death, as the case may be, every such entry being made in order from the beginning to the end of the book.

31. The parents or parent of any child born in Ireland after the said 31st of December 1863, or, in case of the death or inability of the parents or parent, the occupier of the house or tenement in which to his or her knowledge such child was born, or the nurse or any person present at the birth of such child, shall, at any time within twenty-one days next after the day of such birth, give notice thereof to the registrar of the district within which such child shall have been born; and such parents and persons above specified whether they have given such notice or not, shall, upon being required personally or by written requisition of the registrar, within three months after the date of such birth, attend personally at some dispensary station or vaccination station within the registrar's district, or otherwise at the place of residence of such parents or person, and give information to the registrar of the district in which such birth occurred, according to the best of his or her knowledge and belief, of the several particulars by the said Form (A.) required to be registered touching the birth of such child, and shall sign the register in the presence of the registrar.

32. After the expiration of three months following the birth of any child it shall not be lawful for any registrar to register such birth, save as hereinafter provided; that is to say, in case the birth of any child shall not have been registered according to the provisions herein before contained, it shall be lawful for any person present at the birth of such child, or for the father or mother or guardian thereof, at any time within six calendar months next after the birth of such child, to make before the superintendent registrar a declaration in writing of the particulars required to be known touching the birth of such child, according to the best of his or her knowledge and belief, which declaration the said superintendent registrar is hereby authorized to take, and it shall thereupon be lawful for the said registrar, then and there in the presence of the superintendent registrar, to register the birth of such child, according to the information of the person making the said declaration; and the superintendent registrar before whom the said declaration is made shall sign the entry of the birth as well as the registrar; and for every such registry as last aforesaid the superintendent registrar shall be entitled to receive a fee of 2s. 6d. from the person requiring the same to be registered, and the registrar, over and above the fee in this Act authorized to be taken in respect of every

birth registered by him, shall be entitled, unless the delay shall have been occasioned by his default, to take a fee of 2s. 6d. from the person requiring the same to be registered; and no register of birth shall be given in evidence to prove the birth of any child whenever it shall appear that more than three calendar months have intervened between the day of the birth and the day of the registration of the birth of such child (except in the case of a child born at sea or in a foreign country), unless the entry shall be signed by the superintendent registrar as well as by the registrar.

33. After the expiration of six months following the birth of any child it shall not be lawful for any registrar to register the birth of such child, and no register of births, except in the case of children born at sea or in a foreign country, shall be given in evidence to prove the birth of any child wherein it shall appear that six calendar months have intervened between the day of the birth and the day of the registration of the birth of such child.

34. If any child born in Ireland whose birth shall have been registered as aforesaid shall within six calendar months next after the registration of such birth have any name given to it in baptism, the parent or guardian of such child, or other person procuring such name to be given, may, within seven days next after such baptism, procure and deliver to the registrar or superintendent registrar of the district in whose custody the register of the birth of the child may then happen to be, a certificate, according to the Form (C.) to this Act annexed, or to the like effect, signed by the clergyman, minister, or officiating person who shall have performed the rite of baptism, which certificate he is hereby required to deliver immediately after the baptism whenever the same shall be then demanded, on payment of the fee of 1s., which he shall be entitled to receive for the same; and the said registrar or superintendent registrar, upon receipt of such certificate, and on payment of the fee of 1s., which he shall be entitled to receive for the same, shall, without any erasure of the original entry, forthwith register therein that the child was baptized by such name and also the date of the registry of such baptismal name; and the said registrar or superintendent registrar shall thereupon certify upon the said certificate the additional entry so made, and shall forthwith send the said certificate through the Post-office to the Registrar General; and whenever a baptismal name shall have been added to an entry of birth subsequently to the transmission to the General Register Office of the return of certified copies containing such entry, a duly certified copy of such entry, containing the baptismal name and the date of such entry, shall in like manner be sent to the Registrar General, who shall cause the same to be duly

entered in the register without any erasure of the original entry.

35. In the case of any child of parents not recognizing the sacrament of baptism, or infant baptism, when any name shall have been given to any such child by the parents or guardians of such child other than that by which it may have been registered, it shall be lawful for such parents or guardians, within six months after the birth of any such child shall have been registered, or, if after six months, then only with the written authority of one or more Justice or Justices of the Peace presiding at the petty sessions of the district in which such parents or guardians shall reside, or (if in the Police District of Dublin Metropolis) of one or more divisional Justice or Justices within the said district (which authority, upon a statement of the circumstances of the case submitted to him or them, it shall be lawful for such Justice or Justices to give), to deliver to the registrar or superintendent registrar in whose custody the register of the birth of such child shall then happen to be a certificate in the Form of the Schedule (F.) to this Act annexed, or to the like effect, signed by such parents or guardians whereupon, and upon payment of a fee of 18., such registrar or superintendent registrar shall, without erasure of the name by which such child shall have been registered, register therein the name of such child; and such certificate shall be certified and transmitted by the registrar or superintendent registrar to the Registrar General, in the like manner and to the like effect as is in this Act prescribed regarding certificates in relation to names given in baptism.

36. Some person present at the death or in attendance during the last illness of any person dying in Ireland after the said 31st of December 1863, or the occupier of the house or tenement in which such death took place, or if the occupier be the person who shall have died, then some one or more of the persons residing in the house in which such death took place, shall, within seven days next after the day of such death, give notice of such death to the registrar of the district in which such death occurred; and such persons as aforesaid, or if such death shall not have taken place within a house, then any person present at such death, or having a knowledge of the circumstances attending the same, shall, whether they have given such notice or not, upon being required personally or by written requisition of the registrar within fourteen days after the date of such death, attend personally at some dispensary, district, or vaccination station within the registrar's district, or otherwise at the place of residence of such person, and give information to the registrar of the district in which such death occurred, according to the best of his or her knowledge and belief, of the several particulars required by the said Form (B.) to be registered touching such death, and

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