GRO plans fur­ther trial of dig­i­tal BMDs

Large-scale fol­low-up ex­pected af­ter suc­cess of ear­lier PDF cer­tifi­cate pi­lots

Your Family History - - Agenda -

The Gen­eral Reg­is­ter Of­fice for Eng­land and Wales is ex­pected to launch a new trial of PDF ver­sions of birth, mar­riage and death cer­tifi­cates in the near fu­ture. De­tails of the GRO’s plans were re­vealed in con­fi­dence to a select group of user rep­re­sen­ta­tives at meet­ings in Lon­don and the GRO head­quar­ters in South­port in Septem­ber, but are not pub­licly avail­able.

Attendee Peter Calver, who runs the LostCousins.com web­site, was given per­mis­sion to share some brief de­tails. GRO’s se­ries of tri­als of PDF cer­tifi­cates over the last 12 months have proved very pop­u­lar with users. The next trial is ex­pected to be more ex­ten­sive, but lim­ited to the his­toric birth en­tries from 1837 to 1916 and deaths from 1837 to 1957 which have al­ready been digi­tised and are ref­er­enced in GRO’s on­line in­dexes at www.gro.gov.uk/gro/ con­tent/cer­tifi­cates/in­dex­es_search. asp (free reg­is­tra­tion re­quired).

The new trial is ex­pected to run for much longer than the pre­vi­ous three-week pi­lots, and there is likely to be no limit on the num­ber of PDFs that can be or­dered.

Keep an eye on YFH’s Twit­ter or Face­book feeds (see page 3) for up­dates on this.

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