BMD con­sul­ta­tion process be­gins

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - ON THE RECORD -

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.”

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