Thursday, 15 July 2010

FindmyPast - new civil birth index search

From FindmyPast (

From today there is a significant change in how you can access our birth records. You can now search fully indexed birth records for 1837 to 2006 on

We're confident that these records will vastly improve your experience of researching your family history. Viewing each result will cost five credits. You can still browse the originals and check the transcriptions against the improved greyscale images. To view each result will cost one credit.

Fully indexing the birth records involved rescanning 170 years of records and transcribing the quarter of a billion names within them. Over 1,000 people have worked on this exciting two-year project.

What makes the fully indexed birth records so useful?

Your search results will be in the form of a list of individual names, so you won't have to check through pages of records to find your ancestors
You can search the complete 1837-2006 set of birth records in one go or by one or more counties at a time

The images of the index pages are completely new and very high quality
We've added smart search features including name variants

There are clever search results to get around the quirks of the records, including the GRO's procedure of initialising second names, and records of children unnamed at registration (very common in the Victorian period)

You can now search by mother's and father's name at the same time to help find those elusive births

If you haven't had success finding an ancestor's birth record previously, it's definitely worth trying again using the fully indexed birth records.

We're in the process of fully indexing our marriage and death records too, and expect to complete this project by the end of the year. We'll keep you posted.

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