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The civil servant in charge of the General Register Office, created in 1836 to oversee the civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths in England and Wales. From 1841 he has also been responsible for census returns. In 1970 the department was remodelled as the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys. Scotland has its own Registrar General, whose records are kept at the New Register House, Edinburgh, part of The National Archives of Scotland.

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