2006-02-01

Birth, Marriage and Death certificates for England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland

I’ve recently had the site bmd-certificates.co.uk pointed out to me as a resource for getting birth, death and marriage certificates for England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

I’ve previously ordered certificates for England from the online ordering system of the GRO but this requires you to know the GRO index numbers and can involve a fair amount of time and research. The situation for Ireland seems even more difficult as I’ve not found an online index search site (See later post for online Irish search). There is a pay site for Scottish research which seems quite useful but I’ve not subscribed to take a look.

What I like about what the bmd-certificates.co.uk website is that it offers to do the research for you and you can’t complain about the following policy from their main page:

If you do not have every detail for your certificate, please do not worry, because if we do not find an entry based on the information you give us, we will give you a complete refund. If there is any doubt, or a choice of entries, we will consult you, and will not act until we hear your decision. If you decide not to proceed, we will give you a compete refund.

Recently I’ve been helping a friend with some family research and just today I got the New Zealand birth certificate for one ancestor which showed the parents as being from Ireland and Scotland. So the information about the bmd-certificates site was quite timely. A quick search through Ancestry picked up nothing about the people so I will probably try bmd-certificates out for at least one of them and report back here on how it went. The two people concerned are:

  • Patrick Joseph McCarthy, Born about 1892, Limerick,Ireland
  • Susan Mary Devons, Born about 1894, Bellshill, Scotland

They were married in Wellington, New Zealand on 21 July 1917. I’m keen to try and get their birth certificates but the only date of birth I have is approximate, calculated from the birth certificate of their son, by subtracting their ages on the certificate from the date of birth.

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