England & Wales: GRO Birth & Death Indexes Online

Following successful development and testing, the General Register Office historic birth and death indexes are now accessible online via their own website. The indexes have been created using GRO records which have already been digitised, and cover birth records more than 100 years old, and death records up to 1957 (the latest digitised year we hold).

The GRO says:

“The online indexes, will provide a customer enhancement, making the indexes more readily available for searching than the microfiche we currently make available via the 7 public libraries / records offices across England and Wales. This service will be in addition to, rather than replacing the facility to search the indexes at the 7 sites. The full set of indexes will still be held and updated at these sites.

The online index also provides enhancements, to that on the microfiche, where possible showing mother’s maiden name for births prior to 1911, and age at death for those records prior to 1865. There is also the facility to purchase a certificate.

The index is accessible free of charge via the GOV.UK website which links to our online ordering site.”

To access the free search facility, you will need to register and log in.