Definition of hatches, matches, and dispatches in English:

hatches, matches, and dispatches


  • Used to refer to the births, marriages, and deaths columns in a newspaper.

    • ‘Go to this page for details of the churches where your ancestors were hatched, matched and dispatched, including availability of parish registers.’
    • ‘I've been searching for dead relatives (when they were hatched, matched and dispatched as the saying goes) for a year now and I have become completely addicted to all things ancestry.’