British Civil Registration Online Project Withdrawn

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

A while ago I reported that the Family Records Center in Islington were removing the birth, marriage and death record books as they were to be put online.  Unfortunately the project between the Family Records Center and the contractor has now been cancelled by "mutual consent".  There have been no comments as to whether a new project will be launched or a new contractor found.

It should be noted that most of these records (1837 to 1983) are already online at FreeBMD or Ancestry.  However, these are both private projects and (in theory) could be removed, and in the case of Ancestry become fee based, at any time leaving people without free access to these resources.

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