Jan Meisels Allen
In my November 8 posting on the addition of deaths to the index from 1984 to 2019 for England and Wales, the part about the death indices was correct. Where I erred, was my comment on birth records. I said they were only available to 1918. I have been informed they are available after 1918 but are not searchable on the General Register Office (GRO) website. They are however, available up to 2007 on subscription sites such as Ancestry and Findmypast. Additionally, the free site, FreeBMD.or.uk (https://www.freebmd.org.uk/) currently has records up to 1992.
It is possible to order copies of all birth certificates where they are listed on indexes. In addition, there are copies of birth and marriage indexes up to 2019 on microfiche in a small number of Archives and Libraries around England and Wales. The limit of 1918 on the GRO search facility is related to the PDF copies of birth certificates only being available up to and including 1918.
From the GRO website:
"You will be prompted to supply further details for more recent births and deaths (within the last 50 years) when you complete the online application form. - If you are unable to complete the mandatory fields, then you will not be able to apply online and you will need to follow our telephone ordering process. Please contact us on +44(0) 300 123 1837 for further information."
"Records we are not able to provide - GRO is not able to issue certificates for events that have taken place within the last six months (for marriages this period is extended to eighteen months) and you may wish to obtain a certificate from the register office or church where the event was registered. This information excludes adoption certificates, as the local register office does not hold a copy of the Adopted Children Register. If you require further information please call 0300 123 1837 to talk to our customer service team."
My apologies for the error in the original posting.
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee