Monday, 28 April 2008

English & Welsh BMD indexes from 2006 no longer to be available online

In a surprise move, the General Register Office for England and Wales has confirmed that it will no longer be releasing index information for births, marriages and deaths from beyond 2006 to commercial family history websites such as Findmypast and Ancestry, on the basis that they have no legal requirement to do so. Indexes will still still be made available on fiche at local registry offices and libraries throughout England and Wales, and at the National Archives. This is clearly a blow for many family historians in Scotland with ancestors down south.

The GRO is attempting to create its own online index system called MAGPIE, but this is still some time away in coming.

Chris

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