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From: Steve Taylor <>
Subject: Re: [Ess] RE: Post Mortem
Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2005 17:30:18 +0000
For the examples that you mention neither the 100 year rule not the FOI
act apply, as far as I am aware.
The hundred year rule usually only applies to medical records and
certain official documents, mainly to avoid embarrassing those involved.
Birth, marriage and death certificates are freely available either from
the GRO or from the local registry office. There may be some limitations
of very recent ones - less than 18 months old are ordered by a different
route from the GRO - but I think that is just a matter of practicality.
The FOI act will relax some instances of the hundred year rule, possibly
such as the one in this thread, where I believe that what is wanted is
more information than is on the death certificate.
As far as I can see, the examples you mention should be straight
forward, except possibly the Swiss death where I do not know their system.
Martin Willcocks wrote:
> Hi Peter:
> Re the new Freedom of Information Act: How is the "Next of Kin"
> formulated? If the person is a parent, any of the children should be
> next of kin if both parents are dead, so I should be able to get
> certificates for my parents. Am I next of kin to a sibling or a dead
> uncle who had no children? Or to a dead great-uncle who died within
> the last 100 years, and whose children I don't know about or know if
> there are any? I have cases of all of these in my tree, so which
> records can I see and which can I not see? Is there a website that
> explains just who can and can't get certain records?
> Example 1: A dead great-uncle who was a pharmacist in Datchet until
> he retired in 1940. He had at least three children, known, some or
> all of whom may be dead (b.. in 1890's, listed in 1901 census.) I
> have no records of any of them getting married. Can I obtain his
> death cert? His children's (there are probably more than I know
> about, post-1901)?
> Example 2: An uncle who was b. August 1905 Northampton, and whose GRO
> birth cert number is available, married 21 Aug 1926, had no children,
> divorced, and died in 1946 in Switzerland. Ex-wife, older, also
> deceased. Will the 100 year rule still apply in July 2005? Will I be
> able to get a birth cert? Marriage? Divorce?
> Example 3: One grandmother, d. Jan. 1953, the other also dead but
> after 1905, I don't even have a death date and place but suspect
> Porstmouth. Both my parents are long dead. Can I get death
> certificates as next of kin to my grandparents?
> I'll be spending some time at the FRC in July so no doubt will find
> out the answers to these, but, forewarned is forearmed as they say!
> Martin Willcocks
> Taylorsville, UT, USA.