If you have a globe-trotting relative or ancestor who sadly died during an overseas trip, then you may be able to find their details amongst these records. Any death of a British citizen abroad usually results in a notification being sent to the relevant British Consul or the UK High Commission, which will allow you to find their details within these GRO consular indices.
The amount of information listed varies, but the British Nationals Death Overseas records usually include the following information about your ancestor:
There are currently 442,329 searchable records in this collection, detailing the death of British citizens between 1818-2005.
The early 1800s onwards saw a revolution in the way we travelled, whereby escaping to foreign lands for a new life, work or simply for pleasure became a real possibility to large numbers of the British population. With new travel came contact with new diseases, new populations not always welcoming to British migrants and many other risk factors alongside, of course, those already faced at the time.
If you have a relative or ancestor who did unfortunately travel and then die overseas, but was still classed as a British citizen at the time of their death, then it is quite possible that the British Consul or the UK High Commission in the relevant jurisdiction would have been notified of the death, allowing you to find their record within the GRO's Consular indices.
When you search these records, the results will be listed by individual names. This means you should be able to tell if your ancestor is in the list just by viewing their name - although we always advise you to double check the original image, especially the volume and page numbers, before you order any certificates.