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What is a registry? 

When you were born, your parents may have taken you to a church to christen/baptise you, then immediately after write your name in the church book to record you were born, the names of your parents, and that you were given a name.
This is usually the first registry upon which you appear.  

Today, you may appear on many registries;
If you want to use a mobile phone, you are asked to register with a network.  If you want to support your local football club, you may register as a member.  You may wish to register your dog with a kennel club for breeding purposes. 

The advantage of a registry is that it gives others confidence in trading with you because you are known by the registry body and have agreed to conduct yourself in accordance with the rules of that registry.  

Builders, plumbers, doctors, lawyers, pilots, etc. are often registered with recognised associations with rules and standards which gives confidence to consumers that they are trading with a reputable person.  An unregistered person is disadvantaged. 

The concept of registration simply means your name is recorded in a book somewhere. 

The primary purpose of a registry is to record who you are, what you do, the things you own, and the people you are associated with. 

E.g. The name you use to identify yourself, your trade or employment or qualifications, your assets such as land, car, stock, and the people or organisations you are affiliated with such as football clubs, schools, church, etc. 

Meeting the requirements of the registry creates an identification which gives comfort to others that you are a person of good character and known in that community.  Unless you are registered somewhere, nobody knows who you are, which limits your ability to trade.   
 

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