Thursday, 26 September 2013

Foreign and Overseas Registers of British Subjects records on Ancestry

Ancestry has released a new collection, UK, Foreign and Overseas Registers of British Subjects, 1627-1965. These are records that have previously only been available on The Genealogist ( and BMD Registers (, and comprise of the following collections as sourced from the National Archives at Kew:

Records of the General Register Office, Government Social Survey Department, and Office of Population Censuses and Surveys. The National Archives, Kew, England.
  • General Register Office: Miscellaneous Foreign Returns. Registrar General (RG) 32.
  • General Register Office: Foreign Registers and Returns. Registrar General (RG) 33.
  • General Register Office: Miscellaneous Foreign Marriage Returns. Registrar General (RG) 34.
  • General Register Office: Miscellaneous Foreign Death Returns. Registrar General (RG) 35.
  • General Register Office: Registers and Returns of Births, Marriages and Deaths in the Protectorates etc of Africa and Asia. Registrar General (RG) 36.

The site further describes them as follows:

This is a diverse collection of birth, baptism, marriage, death, and burial records. Most document events in the lives of British subjects, but the records were created, recorded, or held for safekeeping outside of the UK. You’ll find records from more than 30 countries and territories around the world, including Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, France, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands, among others.
Information in the records varies by both record type and source, but you may find details such as these:
  • name
  • date and place of event
  • race
  • occupation
  • religion
  • names of parents
  • residence
Records from countries outside the UK will most likely be in their native languages.

(NB: BMD Registers has a better description of each collection on its site)

To access the records visit


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