Registration Districts for Births, Marriages & Deathsin England & Wales 1837-1974.
The same districts were also used for the Census for 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901.
But sometimes just knowing that is no help at all when you discover, for example, that someone in the London Census is shown as born at some other place that you've never even heard of!!
eg: it might say they were born in Livesey Lancs; Witton Lan; or Darwen Lancaster. (Lancs, Lan, and Lancaster = all meaning - Lancashire)
Darwen is in the county of Lancashire, but nowhere near the city of Lancaster. So, even more confusion if you then start searching within Lancaster Registration District - it won't be found!!
Its very unlikely that anyone who doesn't live in the area, will have ever heard of Livesey or Witton to know that these are areas within the town of Blackburn, nor that Darwen is a neighbouring town in Blackburn Registration District.
And lots more examples could be quoted for other counties, not just for Lancashire.
So for those who don't already know about the help that is available for finding the correct Registration District for a particular town or village.......
A pdf file (Adobe) has been compiled and made available by (& copyright of) Brett Langston.
Page 1 of the file gives a list of Counties with the Chapman Codes.snippet from screen shot......(this of course is not the complete list)
From page 3, is an alphabetical list of all England and Wales placenames.
By each placename - is given the County Chapman Code & the Registration District.snippet from screen shot......
The File can be downloaded for saving to your own computer, or can be viewed online, at the UKbmd/Genuki page http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/places/
I have found this very useful, and sure that others will too, if not already.
More information about Civil Registration can also be found at Genuki page.........http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/CivilRegistration.html