BMD – UK Records

There is available the FreeBMD project for births, marriage and deaths in England and Wales. The records begin 1837 and cover to 1992. Note, not every date and year are completed yet, but they are being worked on, last updated on March 12, 2020. There are nearly 359 million records.

Even if you had researched this source years ago, remember more records have been added, so you do need to re-do any and all ancestors who lived during the specific time frame in England and Wales in the project. There could be new discoveries.

Click on the ‘Search’ button in the lower left.

You will see the scroll down of district and counties and the dates covered. You might not know which district or county an ancestor lived in, but if you have an idea of a region such as near London, or the northwest corner near Scotland or the eastern coastal shore. Mark what you are looking for – BMD – or all three. Place a surname but do not worry about placing a mother’s surname, death date, etc. Then click the button – ‘Find’.

Scroll the listing and if you find any of interest click on the ‘eyeglasses’ to view the index inform plus the transcript of the entry and the actual scan of the document. To view you will have it downloaded to your computer and it can be in jpeg, tiff, original, gif or pdf formats.

It will provide the district, volume book and page the event, such as a marriage is listed, but just on a person, not the name of the couple. You instead look up the other spouse and see if the district, volume and page match the other spouse. It is good to check both spouses, you never know what else can be learned. I recently did a recheck of records and found a grand-aunt full name, an unusual middle name – Isabella Husband Taylor, born 1888.

Also, do click on the page number and up comes any similar listing for that page, including for a marriage with the spouse’s name.

At the bottom of the page are links to questions you might have, like finding the spouse for an ancestor. Or leave a ‘Postem’ so anyone else research that person you looked up might connect and provide additional information.

Photos: Map of England and Wales; Prestwick, Lancaster County marriage of George William Kershaw in 1878 and a typical English town scene.

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