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From: "Lawrence Greenall" <>
Subject: RE: No Response/Trying again ROBERTSON
Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2004 21:52:27 +0100
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Many thanks for this precise and concise answer Dave. It clears up a number
of points for me. My only problem now is that my (direct) Scottish ancestry
ended (in a forwards chronological sense) with a birth in 1829, before civil

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Sent: 25 August 2004 21:21
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Subject: Re: No Response/Trying again ROBERTSON

In a message dated 25/08/2004 05:56:05 GMT Daylight Time,
GRO certificates and parish registers
all have a 100-year block on them, meaning that they are not availbale
the public to browse or consult.
For England and Wales there is no block on viewing the indexes to the
registers; the GRO did originally only give approval to FreeBMD for the
indexes up to 1900 to be put online but this policy changed a couple of
years back.

There is a (sort of) block on birth certs if you order in person at the
FRC but it is only about 50 years, and it is not a solid block. If you want
a certificate for someone born in the last 50 years you have to justify
getting a copy of the certificate. In my case I wanted to get a certificate
for someone who had been adopted some 45 years ago.

You have to show proof of identity and address and you have to present the
application form and an envelope addressed to the same place as your
evidence. The form is specially endorsed by the Reception/Help Desk staff
who will check your evidence and the envelope.

There is no similar restriction on ordering by post.

The aim of the FRC restriction (so far as I can surmise) is to stop people
applying for birth certificates for children who had died young and using
them to obtain passports and other sorts of 'legal' documents.

Scotland has a different system and you can download BMD entries direct
from the website.


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