Tuesday, 3 November 2009

British overseas BMD records 1831-1964

A new release from the Genealogist website (http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/):

Records from the General Register Office: Miscellaneous Foreign Returns, 1831-1964 (RG 32) have been added to the online service.

The records contain documents relating to births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials abroad, and on British as well as foreign ships, of British subjects, nationals of the colonies, the Commonwealth and countries under British jurisdiction. Events affecting some foreign nationals are also included. Records consist mainly of certificates issued by foreign registration authorities and copies of entries kept by incumbents of English churches and missions, chaplains and burial authorities. Many are in local languages and these have been translated for this service. The records also contain documents sent voluntarily by individuals to the Registrar General.

For the Second World War period some notifications of deaths of members of the British armed services, prisoners of war, civilians, internees and deaths through aircraft lost in flight are included.

The records covering deaths in Japanese and German prison internment camps include executions.

The son and grandchildren of Lord Lytton who wrote "the pen is mightier than the sword" feature in the records. His son, Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton Secretary to The British Embassy at Vienna and became Viceroy of British India from 1876 to 1880. His granddaughter’s baptism, Constance Georgina Bulwer-Lytton, is recorded in the records; she became a suffragette who carved a V (for Votes for women) over heart while in prison.

UPDATE: Further information on the release is also available from the National Archives webiste at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/news/stories/381.htm?WT.hp=nf-39497


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