We recently came across the GRO (General Registrars Office) website which we previously used to order certificates. Having had to to re-register, we found that it now allowed online access to GRO Births (1837-1916) and Deaths (1837-1957). Most of you probably use FreeBMD to find births and deaths (1837-1915) but the GRO offers two extremely useful features:
However, GRO does have some limitations:
Even so, this is a a very useful resource.
Note: It will also allow you to search on the Maiden Name field for births. Thus you can find all the children for a specific marriage by using surname and maiden name albeit you can only do it in 5 year periods and you have to search separately for males and females.
So the 'dream team' is FreeBMD to locate the person of interest and GRO to find the additional detail.
You can register/login at https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/Login.asp
Leave a comment below if you find this useful or can suggest any other novel ways to use this data.
Pat & Barry Woods