Latest news about the UK Family Records Centre from the General Register Office website:
The search room on the ground floor at the Family Records Centre has now closed. This means that the paper indexes, the over-the-counter ordering services and the collection service are no longer available.
Indexes available to view at the Family Records Centre
The following indexes are available to view on the first floor at The Family Records Centre:
· births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales 1837-2004 (on microfiche)
· births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales from 1984 (on standalone database PCs)
· adoptions in England and Wales from 1927 to 1969 (in books)
· adoptions in England and Wales from 1970 (on standalone database PCs)
· civil partnerships in England and Wales from 2005 (on standalone database PCs)
· some births, marriages and deaths of British nationals and British Armed Forces, which took place abroad up to 2005 (on microfiche)
· some births, marriages and deaths of British nationals and British Armed Forces, which took place abroad from 1994 (on standalone database PCs)
The original Birth, Marriage and Death Books (the paper indexes) have been removed for storage.
You can still order birth, marriage or death certificates:
• online, at www.gro.gov.uk/content/certificates
• by post from GRO, PO Box 2, Southport. Merseyside, PR8 2JD
• by telephoning the GRO at +44 (0)845 603 7788
• from the local register office in the district where the event was registered.
Microfiche copies of births, marriages and deaths indexes from 1837 onwards continue to be available at many local libraries, record offices (including The National Archives at Kew) and other facilities. For a list of places where microfiche copies are held go here.
All but the most recent indexes can also be consulted online at several subscription and/or pay per view websites. Most of the indexes from 1837 until the early 20th century can be searched free of charge at www.freebmd.org.uk. Some local register offices have made their own indexes available online: go here.
The Family Records Centre is scheduled to close during March 2008.