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FreeBMD. Index des naissances enregistrées dans les registres de l’état civil, Angleterre et Pays de Galles, 1837 à 1915 [base de données en ligne]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006.
Données originales : General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office. © Crown copyright. Published by permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Office for National Statistics. You must not copy on, transfer or reproduce records without the prior permission of ONS. Database Copyright © 1998-2003 Graham Hart, Ben Laurie, Camilla von Massenbach and David Mayall.

 Index des naissances enregistrées dans les registres de l’état civil, Angleterre et Pays de Galles, 1837 à 1915

Cette base de données est une version consultable et numérisée des index des inscriptions des actes d’état civil en Angleterre et au Pays de Galles, rapportées tous les trois mois au bureau général de l’état civil (General Register Office, GRO) à Londres. Cet index couvre les années 1837 à 1915

Country wide civil registration of births, marriages and deaths commenced on 1 July 1837 in England and Wales. Registration took place at local civil registrars who in turn reported to the Registrar General at the General Register Office (GRO) in London. This national index to vital records is an essential source of genealogical information for family historians.

Since the original birth, marriage and death registers are not open to the public, access to the information on one of these certificates is done by first searching the national birth, marriage and death indexes, that have been created by the GRO for this purpose. The indexes for the three events are divided into volumes by year following which entries are listed alphabetically. Once an entry in one of the indexes is found, you are then able to use that information to order of copy of a death, marriage or birth certificate from the GRO. Information that can be obtained from the birth index includes:

  • Full name of child

  • Maiden name of mother

  • Month and year of registration

  • Registration district (each county in England and Wales was divided up into registration districts; jurisdictions are organized and appear as they existed at the time the record was created)

  • Inferred county (the county is inferred based on what counties the registration district covered)

  • Volume number

  • Page number

Note: The district listed is the district where the event was registered, not necessarily the location where the event actually occurred.

This database is made available to users, courtesy of the volunteers of the FreeBMD organization. The leadership of FreeBMD have organized the permissions and tools necessary to enable thousands of volunteers to convert to electronic text, and publish online, searchable indexes to the civil registrations in England and Wales. Because of the nature of the index you will note that not all of the fields have been indexed all of the time. Until 1866, most of the indexes were handwritten, making the task of conversion sometimes difficult.