The following information has been forwarded to me by a marriage celebrant who is very concerned about the proposed changes that will impact family historians:
I am writing to alert you to proposed changes to the Notice of intended marriage (NOIM) form being considered by the Commonwealth Attorney-Generals’ Department that will impact on other official marriage forms.
The department is inviting feedback from Marriage Celebrants on the draft revised Notice of intended marriage form. To provide feedback by 28 October 2018, visit the consultation page here.
In particular, these items are currently collected and transferred onto Official Marriage Certificates. The proposed changes are removing these items, and thus they will no longer appear on Official Marriage Certificates.
5. Usual occupation
6. Usual place of residence (full address)
11. Father’s name in full (If not known, write “unknown”. If deceased, add “deceased”)
12. Mother’s maiden name in full (If not known, write “unknown”. If deceased, add “deceased”)
I consider that removing these items will impact Family History Resources in the future, especially for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
This information can be confirmed from these links.
– Proposed: Notice of Intended Marriage
– Current Marriage Forms: Notice of Intended Marriage and Official Marriage Certificate
There’s no doubt that this would affect future family historians, and I don’t think you’ll find any current family historian that wouldn’t be disappointed by this news. Afterall, we glean so much information from certificates, so to remove occupations, addresses and parents names will make it harder for researchers and we would have to find alternate records to provide this information.
Current marriage certificates (along with birth and death certificates) are all covered by the privacy period, and won’t be seen by the general public for many, many years (unless it is immediate family member). So to stop these proposed changes is simply planning ahead for when your children or grandchildren get interested in family history. Think of what kind of paper trail there will be by then, probably less than we have had researching, as so much will be digital.
While the note above says that its inviting marriage celebrants for feedback, the Attorney General’s website doesn’t specify that. So if you are concerned and wish to voice your opinion about these proposed changes and removal of information from future certificates, send them an email, you can find their contact details here.