Saturday, 16 February 2019

PDF option for English & Welsh GRO records now permanent

From the General Register Office for England and Wales (

GRO News

GRO has been piloting a service providing PDF copies of historical birth and death records. From the 16th February 2019 PDF’s have become a permanent service.

Applications for PDF’s cost £7, must be made online and include a GRO index reference. England and Wales records which are available to order in PDF format include:

Births: 1837–1918
Deaths: 1837–1957

Note: A PDF is not a certificate and has no “evidential” value, therefore a paper certified copy [certificate] is required for official purposes, e.g. applying for a passport, driving licence or where required to give notice of marriage.

(With thanks to @CensusDetective via Twitter)


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1 comment:

  1. Yay!!! Even with the price increase, this permanent .pdf option is fantastic for those of us researching from across the pond.