BMD consultation process begins
Genealogists are being asked to have their say on plans to enable researchers to access English and Welsh civil registration certificates digitally.
At the time of going to press, the General Register Office (GRO) had invited a number of researchers to attend one of several consultation meetings on the topic, which were due to be held in London and Southport shortly before Christmas.
The consultation begins 10 months after the House of Lords passed an amendment to the Deregulation Bill, enabling the GRO to provide birth, marriage and death information in alternative formats to hard copy certificates, which cost £ 9.25 each.
Baroness Scott of Needham Market, who first tabled the amendment, previously told Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine that a careful public consultation process was necessary.
“As a family historian myself, I want people to get easier access to the certificates,” she said.
“There’s a whole range of ways [the GRO] could do it, and I think it’s really important that they consult and we get a full understanding of what the ramifications of each of the different models are.”