All the birth records on findmypast are fully name indexed, which makes finding your ancestors so much simpler. The old birth indexes were page-indexed rather than name-indexed, meaning that to find your ancestors you had to check through pages of records and see if your ancestor was somewhere on the image.
When you search the fully indexed births, your search results will be in the form of a list of 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.
The birth, marriage and death records from 1984 onwards were recorded in a computer database only so there is no original image for records post-1984.
Here are some of the benefits of the fully indexed births:
The ability to search for a name and get straight to your ancestor, rather than searching through index pages
Completely new, high quality images of all the index pages
A complete 1837-2006 set of records
Smart search features including name variants, and highlighting of unnamed children (very common in the Victorian period)
Clever search results to get around the quirks of the records, including the GRO's procedure of initialising second names
The ability to search by mother's and father's name at the same time to help find those elusive births
Once you've discovered when and where your ancestor was born, married or died by using findmypast's birth, marriage and death records, you can order a certified copy of their birth, marriage or death certificate from the General Register Office (GRO). This service is available both to UK and non-UK residents and covers births, marriages and deaths registered in England and Wales, as well as certain registrations overseas.
English and Welsh birth, marriage and death certificates are considered public records, so anyone can order a copy of them. If you are enquiring about a more recent birth or death certificate (recorded within the last 50 years), the GRO will require more detailed information from you than for older certificates. The easiest way to order a certificate is online through the GOV.UK website: www.gov.uk
The certificate ordering service is not connected to findmypast. If you have any queries regarding certificates, please contact the GRO directly by email, telephone or post using the details below. You can also order certificates from the GRO by contacting them in this way.
Telephone: +44 (0)300 123 1837
Address: Certificate Services Section
General Register Office
PO Box 2