How Can You Search For A Birth Certificate In England Online?


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Gillian Smith answered
You can also try the website Ancestry UK. Ancestry is a subscription site but does offer a free trial. Beware though - you have to furnish them with details of your bank for direct debits if you decide to subscribe after the trial is finished. However you can cancel in advance and need not subscribe if you find what you want within the months free trial period.

I have subscribed to Ancestry Uk for 3 years and find the databases for births marriages and deaths very good. Ancestry also has census information for England and Wales from 1841 -1901 and the indices for some of the Scottish census returns. However for anyone researching Scottish ancestors Scotland's People is the The site to use.
Along with FreeBMD, Find my past, ancestry is very good . It's worth noting that there are regional sites such as Cheshire BMD, Lancs BMD and North Wales BMD which are putting free information on. You could also try the local register office in the district you want as some are now making their records searchable online.
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Kath Senior answered
The internet databases for genealogy have really taken off in the last 10 years and indexes to the General Registration Office indexes of births, marriages and deaths are now online at This site is not a completely free site – you need to buy some credits and pay 5 pence per page viewed. Usually it is possible to find the reference to the birth certificate you want within a few pages, and this makes it a cheaper option than traveling to a library, if you live some distance away.

A free site that provides similar information, has a better search engine, but that is not as complete is the freeBMD project at . This has a database of births, marriage and death indexes but not all have yet been transcribed. It does give many entries though, and is probably worth using before findmypast, in case the entry that you want is there.

There are plans to make the indexes available online by 2008 from the National Archives – these will be complete and free and will be linked directly with the GRO certificate ordering system.

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