Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

1/10/2012

England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index: 1837-1915

“On 1 July 1837 a civil registration system for births, marriages and deaths was introduced in England and Wales. Registration was undertaken by civil registrars who reported to the Registrar General at the General Register Office (GRO) in London, now part of the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Copies of anyone’s birth, marriage or death certificates can be obtained by the public. They are vital to family historians because of the genealogical information that they include.” (Mark D. Herber, Ancestral Trails, Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1998)

Since the original birth, marriage and death registers are not open to the public, getting access to the information on one of these certificates is done by first searching the national birth, marriage and death indexes, that have been created by the GRO for this purpose. The indexes for the three events are each divided into quarterly volumes, with the names for each quarter listed alphabetically. Once an entry in one of the indexes is found, you are then able to use that information to order of copy of a death, marriage or birth certificate from the GRO/ONS. for more click here

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