Saturday, 17 July 2010

FindMyPast Birth Indexes

The following is from a press release from findmypast.co.uk

Leading UK family history website, findmypast.co.uk has today launched an easier way to find the births of English and Welsh ancestors online. The company has reindexed over 100 million birth records, as a first instalment of a completely new version of the England and Wales Birth, Marriage and Death (BMD) records on its website. Fully indexing these records involved rescanning 170 years of records and transcribing the quarter of a billion names within them. Over 1,000 people have worked on this exciting two-year project.

  • The fully indexed births make finding ancestors much simpler as the revamped records will provide you with a number of new benefits;
  • Your search results will be in the form of a list of individual names, so you won't have to check through pages of records to find your ancestors
  • You can search the complete 1837-2006 set of birth records in one go or by one or more counties at a time
  • The images of the index pages are completely new and very high quality
  • We've added smart search features including name variants
  • There are clever search results to get around the quirks of the records, including the GRO's procedure of initialising second names, and records of children unnamed at registration (very common in the Victorian period)
  • You can now search by mother's and father's name at the same time to help find those elusive births

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