28 July 2007

This and that

ONS Early Closure Announcement
The Office of National Statistics have announced that in October they will start to remove the large books of BMD indexes from their present location at Myddleton St. in London. Copies of the corresponding microfiche will be available on the upper floor until the building closes next year. It was previously announced that services will in future be available from TNA in Kew. The Society of Genealogists has a longer news item.
Some folks are upset about the withdrawal of service several months earlier than previously announced. Although this is unfortunate it's not something a Canada-based genealogist can get worked up about. We've been long accustomed to using microform and online sources for the BMD indexes.

British Army WWI Pension Records 1914-1920
Ancestry.co.uk announces the availability of this database of non-commissioned officers and other ranks who were discharged from the Army and claimed disability pensions for service in WWI. These were also men who did not re-enlist in the Army prior to World War II. The information includes: name of solider, age, birthplace, occupation, marital status, and regiment number.

Overseas BMDs 1995-2002
FindMyPast.com has introduced an index of civil registration of events for British residents outside the UK. Further information. About 10% of marriages in the period are estimated to have occurred overseas. British registration may not have been made as it is not required.

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