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GRO - Have you tried the new ordering system?

The GRO are trialing a new system of ordering English and Welsh birth & death certificates. These will arrive via email as a PDF within five days (which for those of us outside the UK will be exceptionally speedy). They will be uncertified e.g. you can't use them for identity proof, but perfect for family history research and only cost £6 each. There is a limit on the trial of three weeks or 45,000 certificates and it will be interesting to see which comes first? Ordering a PDF So starting with a death certificate for Joseph Goodyer. The addition of the age at death before 1868 gives me more confidence that this is my Joseph Goodyer dying in 1840 aged...

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GRO Indexes - Solving mysteries

The mother's maiden name appearing on the GRO England birth indexes prior to 1911 is helping to locate children and solve mysteries. I knew from the 1901 census that Edward Hannam was married to Martha and that they appeared to have five children Source: Findmypast.com.au - Archive reference RG13 / Piece number 188 / Folio 5 / Page 2 Hannam is one of those surnames that has lots of variants, both from how it is pronounced and written down and how all the "ups and downs" in the middle of the name are transcribed. It was relatively easy to find Edward William Hannam marrying Martha Maud North in the September Quarter 1891 in the Holborn Registration district. That did however mean that the...

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GRO Update - Searching the England & Wales Birth and Death Indexes

The registration of births, deaths and marriages started in July 1837 in England and Wales. The indexes to these entries have been available for researchers on microfiche and online on various websites (Findmypast, Ancestry, The Genealogist, FreeBMD) for many years and some of us may have even lifted heavy books from shelves in London to view the indexes. As of today however the indexes for births and deaths are also available online via the GRO website www.gro.gov.uk. As a bonus they also included additional information for historical births and deaths. For births, mother’s maiden names have been available on the indexes from 1911, these are now available prior to 1911 on the GRO index (where possible). This will be helpful...

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Hidden Histories - Jason Gunn - Day 10

From starting the research as 100% Kiwi, if we look at Jason’s 16 great great grandparents, he is now 7/16 (44%) Scottish, 5/16 (31%) Irish and is 1/16 (6%) English, Welsh, Swedish and Danish. All of these ancestors made the journey to New Zealand to start new lives and are what make us who we are.   Backwards & Forwards We’ve concentrated on going backwards, but it’s also good to trace the family forwards to find cousins who may have been the ones to inherit family stories and information. We often inherit photograph albums of unnamed photos. We know that they are family, but don’t know which family they are. By working together with other cousins there is the chance...

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Hidden Histories - Jason Gunn - Day 9

One of Jason's ancestors told us exactly when he was baptised and where in England he was from (in a newspaper article).  But sometimes working out where our ancestors came from can take intensive research (Jason has a few of those too).    Beyond Our Shores – Researching Outside of New Zealand Once you trace your ancestor to a place outside of New Zealand then your research does change a little. You will still be relying on “the bones” of birth, baptism, marriage, death and burial records to support your family tree, but you also have access to different types of records. One of the main record collections for United Kingdom research are the 1841-1911 censuses.  These can be searched...

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