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From: "Caroline Bradford" <>
Subject: Re: [Ess] Viewing Vital Records
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2009 20:56:32 +0100
If by "Vital Records" you mean certificates of civil registration of births,
marriages and deaths (post July 1837) then the answer is no. For these you
have to buy the certificate, and this cannot be done in person. As the
price is the same wherever you are in the world, you are much better off
ordering what you need now. That way you can be much more advanced in your
search when you come.
If you mean parish registers (baptisms, marriages and burials), that is a
different matter and you should re-post giving us details of what you want
to look for so we can guide you to the correct repository
On Behalf Of Christina Dixon
Sent: 01 June 2009 20:24
Subject: [Ess] Viewing Vital Records
We will be visiting London for the very first time in July and I want
to prepare properly. In my home state of California, you are allowed
to view vital records without purchase by checking the index and then
filling out a form, which is filled while you wait. It is very
beneficial for research though has its drawbacks. When I needed my
own long form birth certificate in order to obtain a passport, I
could view it, but was unable to have a printout made that day.
Instead, I had to fill out a different form on a different floor of
the same building, and then wait weeks for it to arrive (fortunately
in time for our trip).
Anyway, my question is this: Can you view vital records before
purchase and if so, where would you go to do this and can your order
up the documents as I have read you can do at the archives in Kew?
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