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Part of the Free Genealogy site that is always asked for is a section on Free BMD (That's Birth, Marriage and Death Records if you don't know). It's all here so search away on the BMD Family History records below and make sure to keep checking back as we add more and more links to free Birth, Marriage and Death records online, as well as other Genealogy and Family History records.

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FREE - Complete UK Birth, Marriage & Death Records (with images)
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About Birth, Marriage and Death records and the sites to use

Site 1 - FreeBMD

The ulimate FreeBMD site is an ongoing project, the aim of which is to transcribe the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales, and to provide free Internet access to the transcribed records.

It is a part of the FreeUKGEN family, which also includes FreeCEN (Census data) and FreeREG (Parish Registers). To search the records that have so far been transcribed by FreeBMD click here.

The recording of births, marriages and deaths was started in 1837 and is one of the most significant resources for genealogical research. The transcribing of the records is carried out by teams of dedicated volunteers and contains index information for the period 1837-1983.

PLEASE NOTE: FREE BMD HAVE NOT YET TRANSCRIBED THE WHOLE INDEX but are making good ground in doing so. In case you want to see how things are going a breakdown by event and year can be viewed here. When Free Genealogy last checked - The FreeBMD Database contained 163,651,860 distinct records (210,829,317 total records) with FreeBMD users doing over 363,256 searches on the day. (More information)

A large portion of the Civil Registration Index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales have been transcribed by Free BMD volunteers and can be searched online for free at FreeBMD.

Images of many of the original BMD indexes can also be viewed. Be sure to click on the page number when searching for marriages, to view a list of potential spouses. And once your research takes you back past the onset of civil registration in 1837, check out FreeREG for a companion project of transcribed parish registers.

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"On 1 July 1837 a civil registration system for births, marriages and deaths was introduced in England and Wales. Registration was undertaken by civil registrars who reported to the Registrar General at the General Register Office (GRO) in London, now part of the Office for National Statistics (ONS)." (Mark D. Herber, Ancestral Trails, Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1998)
Since the original birth, marriage and death registers are not open to the public, getting 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.
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Site 2 - UKBMD

UKBMD, the fast growing UK focused BMD site provides over 1262 links to web sites that offer on-line transcriptions of UK births, marriages, deaths and censuses. It also contains a wide range of other indexes and transcriptions are also available for most counties, these may include parish records, wills, monumental inscriptions etc.

Well worth a look with many BMD records at county level. The main UK BMD site has two sets of Birth, Marriage and Death indexes in the UK; the original indexes held by the local register offices and a secondary index created by the General Register Office. The menu buttons on the left of their site provide sets of links to web sites that contain both primary and secondary indexes. As always, you are recommended to look through the primary sources first, before looking through secondary records.

Getting Started

So, your happy that you can find Free BMD records and your thinking of starting out and building your family tree. As well as your Free BMD records below you will find the most common sets of records to help you start or finish your genealogy research and build that family tree. Also see Getting Started with Genealogy for more information

Census Records

A census is an official enumeration of the population in a particular area. In addition to counting the inhabitants of an area, the census generally collects other vital information, such as names, ages, citizenship status, and ethnic background. Each census can prove to be invaluable in painting a portrait of a family at a particular place and time.

Birth Marriage & Death records -

Civil vital records—for Births, Marriage and Deaths —mark the milestones of our lives, and are the foundation of family history research. Chronicling the personal moments of our lives through the objective perspective of the public record, vital records can offer details often found through no other genealogical resource. They can be useful in proving or disproving other sources, give you a more complete picture of your ancestor, help you distinguish between two people with the same name, and help you find clues to earlier life events.

With these records, you can gain access to information regarding your ancestor's lives, such as the locations and causes of their deaths, the names of children or parents, their wedding dates and locations, and the many other details that help us record and remember the important moments in the lives of our families.

Since 1837 all births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales have had to be registered at the register office in the district where the event took place. In Scotland such registration became compulsory for all in 1855 and for Ireland it was 1864 for births & deaths and 1845 for marriages. Genealogists and Family Historians can make use of these registrations to help create their family tree, working backwards from the present day to the start of civil registration.

The original indexes to these registers are held by the local register offices and many of these indexes are now being transcribed by the local authorities in conjunction with Family History Societies, and the data placed on-line in a variety of web sites. Information about the registration districts and register office addresses can be found on the GENUKI Registration Districts in England and Wales pages.
The web sites with indexes based on the original registers can be seen when you click on the Local BMD button in the menu to the left.

Quarterly, the original indexes were re-transcribed and then re-indexed by the central government and these indexes have been made available as the GRO indexes, many of which are available for viewing at web sites listed under the National button. (e.g. FreeBMD)
However, the simple act of making this secondary GRO copy has introduced many errors and omissions in the national indexes - so the recommendation is to always look for an original data first, i.e. the local indexes.

Search for BMD records at Ancestry (A lot of FREE BMD Records here as well)

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Church -

Church records contain information about baptisms, marriages, burials, and membership. In addition to the name of the person, church records often provide information about family members.

Search Church records here!

Cemetery -

Some of the cemetery records included are tombstone inscriptions, burial permits, and death indexes. These records usually show names, birth and death dates; sometimes, they include information on surviving family members.

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