Wednesday, 16 March 2011

FindmyPast relaunches overseas BMDs

FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) has updated its search facility for its overseas BMD records. These are the records of overseas consulates, army chaplains and more, the records of which can be ordered up from the GRO in England using a separate search form at www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/default.asp, though using a different order form to the standard BMDs.

Although available from the English GRO, these records affect all British citizens with connections overseas. For example, my 2 x great grandmother Florence Halliday was discovered in the 1911 Irish census to have been born in Gibraltar, to parents who married in Corfu, one of whom was born in Ireland, the other in the East Indies. Both her birth certificate and her parents' marriage were found within the army records held within these collections and were ordered up from the GRO down south.

The collections updated are:

• British overseas births 1818-2005
• Births at sea 1854-1887
• British armed forces births 1761-2005
• British overseas marriages 1818-2005
• Marriages at sea 1854-1908
• British armed forces marriages 1796-2005

Where before you did a search and then had to browse through umpteen different pages, now the names on all the collections are fully searchable. If I look for Florence now in the British armed forces births collection, she is the first name returned. The company's recently launched MarriageFinder tool has now also been applied to these overseas marriages. Again in the British overseas marriages collection a search of Alexander Halliday and his wife Teresa immediately comes up trumps.

FindmyPast has a fuller blog post on this itself at http://blog.findmypast.co.uk/2011/03/vastly-improved-overseas-at-sea-and-army-births-and-marriages-search/ NB: the final part of the reindexing project is also due imminently, English death records.

(Thanks to FMP!)

Chris

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