01 December 2009

Ancestry adds England and Wales death index, 1916-2005

As of the end of November Ancestry have added an index to civil registrations of death in England and Wales, 1916 to 2005, to their databases. This completes the Ancestry civil registration index collection.

The marriage index for the same period was added in July, http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.com/2009/07/fully-indexed-england-and-wales.html

The birth index appeared in January, http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.com/2009/02/ancestry-england-wales-birth-index-1916.html

Ancestry makes available GRO index transcriptions for the earlier period, that is, from July 1837, through the work of the FreeBMD project, accessible at www.freebmd.org.uk/. FreeBMD is continuing to work on the later period now covered by Ancestry and is generally considered a more accurate transcription.

If you don't find an event in these indexes it may be due to an error that crept in between the local registrar's office and the GRO, in which case you may enquire at the local office. An increasing number of these are online. A convenient access point is www.ukbmd.org.uk/index.php?form_action=local

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