Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Campaign to secure free access to birth, marriage and death records

Guy Etchells of Anguline Research Archives has started a campaign to get Historic Birth, Marriage and Death registers open to the public without having to purchase certified copies. Guy certainly has form on such campaigns, in having previously gained early access to the 1911 Census, and the National Identity Register from 1939 for England and Wales.

Guy's reasoning can be found on the Anguline Facebook page at but includes the fact that prior to 1898 and 1974 there was open access to records held by the national GRO and local registration offices in England and Wales. He'll be developing his arguments on his Facebook page over the next few days - well worth a read.

(With thanks to Guy)


My latest genealogy books are Tracing Your Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records, and Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet. My next Pharos course is Scottish Research Online, which commences Feb 27th 2014, 5 weeks, price £45.99.

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