23 January 2020

GRO adds twenty years of birth indexes

If looking for civil registrations of births in England and Wales between 1984 up to 2004 you now have an additional option — the government's own index accessible after free registration from www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/login.asp

The site already had birth indexes from 1837 to 1919. FreeBMD's birth index covers most of the gap from 1920 to 1983 so there is now almost complete free coverage to 2004.

As for the subscription sites, Ancestry has index records to 2007; Findmypast to 2006; MyHeritage and TheGenealogist to 2005.

The GRO, which also has a civil registration death index online from 1837 to 2019, is currently working on a rolling programme to put all of its indexes online.

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