Friday, July 15, 2005

UKBMD - Births, Marriages, Deaths Indexes for the UK, On-Line

UKBMD - Births, Marriages, Deaths Indexes for the UK, On-Line

from my sgb usenet mail:-

As someone else has already pointed out, the registrars themselves are having
to handle the old registers to fullfil certificate orders. The searches performed
by the public are made on-line via one of the Local BMD sites, not by visiting
the register offices. The aim of the survey is to see what interest there is
to the idea of having these original registers scanned.

If there is enough interest, then the Cheshire BMD and other associated
sites could be extended so that not only can you search the local indexes,
but you could also see a copy of the original certificate on-line.

Cheshire BMD has already made FreeBMD and 1837online redundant if you
want to look for a Cheshire birth between 1837 and 1900. *ALL* Cheshire
birth indexes for this period are on-line ! The other BMD sites will follow
this, given time.

The advantages of having the original indexes on-line are more apparent when you
look at marriages. Not only does it pair the partners, but it will tell you
the church/venue for the marriage. Also, where former married names are available,
all names are listed. Try a search on the Cheshire BMD's marriages for SEDDON
in 1841 for a good example of this.

Click on the "Statistics" menu button on the UKBMD site and you'll get an idea
of how far advanced the various Local BMD web sites are. The list shown
on this page doesn't take into account the 10 or so other Local BMD sites,
so the true total will be much higher than that shown.

Ian Hartas
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