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Parish Records
FreeREG  This project aims to provide free Internet searches of baptism, marriage, and burial records, which have been extracted from parish registers and non-conformist church records in the UK dating from 1538. Currently 19.3+ million records are available online. This ongoing project is regularly updated with new material. 

Online Parish Clerks These clerks are volunteers who collect genealogical information about a specific parish and answer email enquiries without charge. Counties represented currently include Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Essex, Hampshire, Lancashire, Somerset, Sussex and Warwickshire.

FamilySearch  The free  Historical Record Collections  for the United Kingdom and Ireland include:
• Channel Islands Births and Baptisms, 1820-1907
• England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
• England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991
• England Marriages, 1538–1973
• England and Wales, Non-Conformist Record Indexes
• Great Britain Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977
• Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988
• Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988
• Isle of Man Births and Baptisms, 1821-1911
• Isle of Man Deaths and Burials, 1844-1911
• Isle of Man Marriages, 1849–1911 
• United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933 New
• Wales Births and Baptisms, 1541-1907
• Wales Deaths and Burials, 1586-1885
• Wales Marriages, 1541-1900
There are also collections available for Cheshire, Cornwall, Derbyshire, Dorset, Durham, Essex, Gloucestershire, Kent, Lancashire, Norfolk, Northumberland, Warwickshire and Yorkshire. Click here for details.

The National Archives - Digital Microfilm  Offers  searches and downloads of some of the most popular records. These files are large (some up to 800 pages) so a broadband connection is essential. These documents are currently free of charge to download. These records have not been indexed and so you will need to scroll through the pdfs, much as you would when using a microfilm. The following series of records on microfilm have been digitised and are available to download as pdf files.

•  RG 43: General Register Office: Indexes to Miscellaneous Foreign Returns of Births, Marriages and Deaths. Indexes to the non-statutory registers and returns in RG 32 to RG 36, and to certain Army and Statutory registers retained by the Registrar-General.
•  WO 42: War Office: Officers' Birth Certificates, Wills and Personal Papers. Certificates of birth, baptism, marriage and death, with wills, administrations, statements of services and personal papers of officers and their families, in cases where the officer died on service or on half pay and his widow applied for a pension, or application was made for a child's compassionate allowance.


Hugh Wallis' Site Offers additional search options using information from FamilySearch <www.familysearch.org> International Genealogical Index (IGI). It is designed to allow you to search within specific parishes (British Isles and North America) using IGI batch numbers which can refine your search very closely to individual parishes. This site allows you to select a county, then a parish and then a batch number for births/christenings or marriages. Enter a surname and the IGI results from the FamilySearch site are returned. A great way to locate all the children of a particular couple. It is also possible to do batch searches, if you know the batch number, directly from FamilySearch.      

The Official Non-Parochial BMDs Service Offers   online searches of birth, baptism, marriage, death and burial records from non parish sources (nonconformist). Includes records for Baptists, Congregationalist, Methodists, Presbyterians, Protestant Dissenters (Dr Williams Library), Quakers (Society of Friends), Russian Orthodox, Unitarians, Wesleyans and Independents. This site also includes  records of births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials of British subjects overseas and on board ships in the 19th and 20th centuries. A basic search is free with fees for advanced searching and to download images. 

BritishOrigins Offers a free surname search and a range of subscriptions options. The birth, marriage and death collections include: 
Middlesex Baptisms Index 1538-1751
Dorset Marriage Index 1538-1856  
Surrey Marriage Index 1500–1846  
Webb’s London Marriages 1538-1837  
York Marriage Bonds and Allegations Index 1613-1839
Middlesex & City of London Burials 1538-1904

The Middlesex Marriages Index  This index, by Sandy Coleman, lists 45,000+ Middlesex marriages (1563-1895).

The Joiner Marriage Index This site, by Paul Joiner, offers searches of 2,250,000+ marriage records from 27 counties' parish registers (1500s-1837). There is a free name search available with a fees to access search results and other information.

Coraweb Quick Sheet 006 Volume numbers used by the GRO for English and Welsh counties
CoraWeb Quick Sheet 007 UK & Ireland, New Zealand: Certificate costs and contacts

FreeBMD  This ongoing project offers free access to the civil registration indexes for England and Wales (1837-1983). Currently 275+ million records are available plus access to scanned images of the original indexes. This great site is fully searchable and is regularly updated with new material. 

Deceased Online A central database of statutory burial and cremation registers for the UK and Republic of Ireland. The free name search returns full names, date and place of burial or cremation. Fees apply to access register scans or transcripts, grave photographs and location maps. A lot of burial records for Scotland are available.

General Register Office  Civil registration information for England and Wales. Certificates can be ordered online. 

Genfindit An ordering service for Irish birth, death or marriage certificates (1837-2009). Ancestry.co.uk This commercial site offers searchable access to birth, marriage and death indexes for England and Wales (1837-2005, deaths to 2006). Currently 201+ birth, marriage and death databases are available for England and 26+ for Wales. These include numerous parish register collections and probate records. A variety of subscription options are available.

Findmypast.com Offers access birth, marriage and death indexes for England and Wales (1837-2006, marriages to 2005). There are indexes to births, marriages, deaths at sea from1854 and for the British overseas 1761-2002. Other indexes include parish registers from 1538, divorces, death duty registers, National Burial Index, and much more. A variety of pricing plans exist.

The Genealogist   This commercial site offers access to birth, marriage and death indexes for England and Wales (1837-2005). They also offer access to wide variety of other records including the parish records from 43 counties across England and Scotland. A range of subscription options are available.

Dustydocs A 'web-linking site' for British baptism, marriage and burials records 1538 to 1900. The information is sourced from freely available church BMB records and validated user contributions. Searches can be conducted using family names and/or locations. Dustydocs categorises England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales into counties and towns to facilitate searches within specific locations. There is a section for the Channel Islands categoried by island - Alderney, Guernsey, Jersey and Sark. Updated

UK BMD. Births, Marriages and Deaths on the Internet This site offers links to 2,286+ web sites that offer online transcriptions of UK births, marriages, deaths and censuses.

Combined Regions
Multi-Region BMD Search Offers combined searching of the Bath, Berkshire, Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, North Wales, Shropshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Wiltshire and Yorkshire databases. Use the main county sites (listed below) if you know the area you want to search as they offer more options.

North East BMD A gateway to the online BDM indexes for the north east of England including Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton on Tees, Hartlepool, Newcastle upon Tyne, County Durham and Darlington.

West Midlands BMD This site covers Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire and has online birth, marriage and death indexes from 1837. This ongoing project is adding new data as it becomes available.

Bath & North East Somerset
Bath BMD Birth, death and marriage indexes from Bath & North East Somerset register office (1837-2007) are being put online. This ongoing project is adding new data as it becomes available.

Berkshire BMD Online birth, marriage and death indexes from 1837 (ongoing).

CAMDEX Online Records to Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes 1837-2002 This ongoing project, by the Cambridgeshire County Council, is adding new data as it becomes available.

Cheshire BMD The birth, death and marriage indexes from 1837 are being put online. Currently 3 million+ birth, 1 million+ marriage and 2 million+ death records are available. 

My Roots @ Stockton Online birth, marriage and death indexes from 1837 (ongoing) plus  burial records for five cemeteries dating from 1869.

Durham County Council Click on Births, deaths and marriage certificates to access to BDM indexes. Currently marriage indexes 1837+, death indexes 1991+ and many of the birth indexes are available.

Darlington Borough Council Offers online searching of the birth, death and marriage indexes from 1837.

Gateshead Council   Online birth, marriage and death indexes from 1837. This ongoing project is adding new data as it becomes available. 

South Tyneside Register Office Offers online searching of birth, marriage and death indexes from 1837. This project is ongoing and the scope of the index varies depending on the area. 

Sunderland Council  Online birth, marriage and death indexes from 1837. Currently births 1837-2007, marriages 1837-2010 and deaths 1837-1970 and 1985-2007 are available.

Gloucestershire BMD Indexes Online birth, marriage and death indexes from 1837 (ongoing).

Isle of Man
Isle of Man Online birth, marriage and death indexes 1837-1979.

Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight Family History Society Online birth, marriage and death indexes 1837-2010

Kent County Council Indexes for births and deaths 1992-2002 and marriages 1837-2002.

Lancashire BMD Online birth, marriage and death indexes from 1837 (ongoing).

Cumbria BMD Online birth, marriage and death indexes from 1837 (ongoing).

North Lincolnshire Council Online birth, marriage and death indexes from 1837 (ongoing). Updated

Tower Hamlets Register Office  Birth, death and marriage indexes online from 1837.

Newcastle Register Office birth, marriage and death indexes project in conjunction with the Northumberland & Durham Family History Society. Currently births 1837-1870 and marriages 1837-1900 are online.

Northumberland County Council Online birth, marriage and death indexes from 1837 (ongoing). 

North Tyneside Council Online birth, marriage and death indexes from 1837 (ongoing). 

Shropshire BMD Online birth, marriage and death indexes from 1837 (ongoing).

Staffordshire BMD Online birth, marriage and death indexes from 1837 (ongoing). 

Kingston upon Thames Marriage indexes 1842-1902 and registration indexes 1837-1900.

Warwickshire County Council - Local and Family History Use the Copy birth, marriage and death certificates link. The Apply online options offer online access to birth, death and marriage indexes from 1837-2010. This ongoing project is adding new data as it becomes available. 

Wiltshire BMD Online birth, marriage and death indexes from 1837 (ongoing). 

Yorkshire BMD Online birth, marriage and death indexes from 1837 (ongoing).

Barnsley Register Office and Barnsley Family History Society  Online birth, death and marriage indexes from 1837.

Rotherham Council  Online births and marriages indexes for the Borough of Rotherham from 1837.

Sheffield Register Office  Birth, death and marriage indexes online.

Tees Valley Indexes  Online birth, death and marriages records from 1837, held at Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Stockton-on-Tees, Redcar & Cleveland register offices. The scope of the index varies depending on the area.

North Wales BMD Online birth, death and marriage indexes from 1837. This ongoing project is adding new data as it becomes available.

Wrexham Council Marriage Index 1837-1997 This ongoing project, in conjunction with the Clwyd Family History Society, will also provide online indexes to Wrexham births and deaths 1837-1950. 

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