Births, marriages & deaths at sea



I’ve just been asked where births at sea would be registered and a Google search came up with one of the very useful National Archive Guides which is at






Find My Past website has indexed the Births At Sea registers 1854 – 1887. Searching is free, but to view the details involves payment.






   Lancashire is one of the counties where a group of volunteers have and still are compiling an index to the local civil registration registry office entries of births, marriages and deaths. An added bonus apart from the inclusion of any entries that may have been missed in the central GRO indexes is that birth entries have the mother’s maiden name, marriage entries have the spouses name and deaths have the age at death.


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The Register Office in the district of Bath and North East Somerset, England, holds records of local births, marriages and deaths back to the start of civil registration in 1837.

Independent volunteers, have collaborated with the local Registration Service to make the indexes to these records freely searchable via the Internet.

The database covers Bath and North East Somerset births, marriages and deaths for the years 1837 to 2007. That’s it! All further registrations of Births and Deaths are now done on line. (Marriages will continue to be added as registers are completed.)

Thanks Judy for this link 🙂


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New Zealand Birth, Marriage & Death Indexes now online

NZ Gro IndexesThe New Zealand historical Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes are now online. Which records are historical are determined by how long has elapsed since an event took place. The avialble recorsd are; births that occurred at least 100 years ago, stillbirths that occurred at least 50 years ago, marrriages and eventually Civil Unions that occurred 80 years ago & deaths that occurred at least 50 years ago or the deceased’s date of birth was at least 80 years ago.

Lots of UK based people will find this helpful as many siblings of their direct ancestors may well have emigrated.


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Free Access to Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates

I got sent this on a mailing list. I’ve signed the petition, if we all do that then we will make our views felt.


I have managed to get 10 Downing Street to allow an e-petition looking for support to have open access to the registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths from 1837 to 1908. This one act would enable all family historians and genealogists to find the right family certificate without having to purchase a copy certificate which turns out to be incorrect.

I hope you can support me in this as I feel it will make family history just that little bit easier, after all these registrations are over 100 years old.

The link is

Please tell your friends.