GRO plans further trial of digital BMDs
Large-scale follow-up expected after success of earlier PDF certificate pilots
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.
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