5 Order the certificate
If I had a pound for every family history query we have solved in the magazine by just ordering the certificates, I would be a rich woman (or at least richer). It’s easy to be put off by the cost of certificates, and just rely on the information gleaned from the GRO indexes (especially now that you can access mother’s maiden name on pre-1911 births and age at death on pre-1866 deaths exclusively on the indexes hosted on the GRO’s website at bit.ly/gro-search-indexes). However, if your research has thrown up more than one option, ordering the certificate might be the only answer – and with birth and death PDFs currently only £6, it’s never been more affordable. Remember that if you end up with certificates that don’t relate to your family, you can offer them up to other researchers via the ‘Unwanted certificates’ section of our forum.