Marriage records now fully searchable online

By Daniel Cossins, 31 July 2009 - 5:06pm

Marriage records now fully searchable online

Marriage records for England and Wales from 1837 to 2005 are now individually searchable by name, date and district thanks to a joint project by Ancestry.co.uk and FreeBMD.

Following the launch of the fully indexed General Registers Office (GRO) England and Wales birth records, 64 million GRO marriage indexes have since been transcribed by a group of independent volunteers in an attempt to make the records more easily searchable.

Whereas previously a search would generate a list of pages indexed by surname only, this new system includes year quarters, names of spouses, districts, volumes and page numbers.

Ancestry.co.uk and FreeBMD are currently working to fully index the GRO death indexes. When complete, more than 250 million individual birth, marriage and death records will be fully searchable online.

It appears that the days of spending hours trawling through records will soon be be a thing of the past.

Nina Patel

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