A campaign has been launched to enable greater public access to historical English and Welsh birth, marriage and death records, and your help is needed.
“Guy Etchells, the man who is behind the push to get the 1911 Census released early, for which we are all eternally grateful, has now started an online petition asking for the UK’s civil registration records … to be made open for public inspection, online and at local record offices. Sounds awesome doesn’t it?
“Currently the main way that English and Welsh BDM records can be accessed is by certificates posted out by the General Register Office (GRO) – a process that costs £9.25 per certificate, and obviously takes time in the mail, anything from a few days to weeks.
“According to Mr Etchells this whole process could be alleviated if historic registers were made available, as other historic records are, through the National Archives – as instant downloads. “
You can read more in Alona’s article at http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2014/09/download-uk-bdm-records-maybe/ and in Guy Etchells’ online petition site at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/62779.
My thanks to newsletter reader W David Samuelsen for telling me about this online petition.