Jewish marriages need consent of the marriage authorities. The easiest way to obtain these is to take information from the Civil Certificate of Marriage first.
What is the difference between a Jewish Marriage Application and a Civil Marriage Certificate?
Simply, a marriage application is a statement of intent to marry and a request for permission to be granted by the Chief Rabbi.
A civil marriage certificate is proof that two parties were married by an authorised minister.
Below are the marriage application and the civil certificate for the marriage of a couple. You can see the differences for yourself.
Jewish Birth Records
I have not, so far found any Jewish bryss records. Births are, of course, recorded civilly after July 1837. To see more about that go to the civil registration page. Jewish newspapers are also a great source of birth announcements. More about that is on the newspapers page.
Jewish Death & Burial Records
Deaths are recorded civilly (see above link). Without a death certificate a burial could not take place. Burial records can be patchy. Burial records are available from c 1880 through either United Synagogues or Federation of Synagogues in London. Other burial records may or may not be available. The information given depends on time frame, largely. Whilst place of origin and number of years in Britain is sometimes stated, it is important to remember that this information is given by an informant, and not necessarily accurate.
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