Saturday, 31 January 2009

Ancestry launches new English and Welsh birth index

A new index to births in England and Wales from 1916 to 2005 is now available online at It is fully searchable, meaning patrons no longer have to trawl through pages of index images to search for a specific name, though these are still available.

MAJOR points to Ancestry for this, hopefully it will be expanded and added to with marriage and death entries in the near future! It's amazing that Ancestry seems able to achieve what the GRO at Southport can't...

UPDATE: There is in fact a separate database for 1837 to 1915 as well. FreeBMD were responsible for this part of the project, with Ancestry for the latter. Marriages and deaths are now confirmed by Ancestry to be following soon.

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