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About birth certificates

When a child is adopted, the original birth certificate is marked with an 'A'. It is withdrawn from the public register.

A new adoption certificate is issued with entries showing the names of adoptive parents. This is, in effect, a replacement certificate and is called a 'birth certificate'.

An original birth certificate will provide the following information:

  • The date and place of birth
  • The name under which you were originally registered
  • The mother's name and perhaps her occupation
  • The mother's address at that time
  • The name and address of the person who registered the birth (this is usually the mother)
  • The date of registration
  • The name of the registrar

It may or may not give the father's name and occupation. If a child's parents are not married to each other, the father's name is not always on the birth certificate.