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8Feb/101

Hatch, Match, and Dispatch

Today while I was at work I was listening to a previous episode of the Genealogy Guys Podcast and they were doing a live recording of the podcast. They were answering questions from people in the audience and one of the ladies had a question about finding ancestors in Britain.

They talked a little bit about how in 1838 Britain started recording Birth, Marriage, and Death records, where before that point it was just separate parishes that kept the records. One thing that I learned, which I thought was really cool was that sometimes the "BMD"(birth, marriage, death) records are also called "Hatch, Match, and Dispatch". I thought that was really clever! I wonder where that little saying started?

I hope someone else out there just learned something new too!

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  1. I don't know how :hatch, match, and dispatch" came to be associated with vital records; but I am aware that we clergy often use that descriptive phrase to talk about the intimate connections we have with individuals and families.


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