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GRO update

Discussion in 'More British Isles Resources' started by Rhian, Jan 1, 2018.

  1. Rhian

    Rhian LostCousins Member

    Good news for those needing certificates from 1917 as pdf files, the GRO site updated overnight and birth records of 1917 and death records of 1957 are now available to order as pdf.
  2. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    PDFs for 1957 death registrations have been available all along - but until today you could only order PDFs of births up to 1916.

  3. canadianbeth

    canadianbeth LostCousins Member

    I found what I think is my paternal grandmother's birth registration but would like to know what a pdf certificate looks like. Is it an actual registration of birth, giving the names of both parents (if known) and the date of birth? I have copies of my Dad's and my maternal grandfather's and they are long pieces of paper.
  4. jorghes

    jorghes LostCousins Member

    I've attached one - it's just really the entry itself and nothing more. Not all that different from when they used to send a copy on the certificate.
    (Edit, swopped it for an actual birth entry!)

    Attached Files:

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  5. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    The GRO make it absolutely clear on their website (as I have done in the newsletter) that PDF copies of entries are not certified. In other words they are not certificates. The method of delivery is irrelevant - a paper copy would also be uncertified if it was not signed by an authorised person, and a PDF copy could be digitally signed (although changes in legislation might be required for digital certificates to be issued).
  6. canadianbeth

    canadianbeth LostCousins Member

    Thank you again. That is what I want to see - all the information. It does not have to be certified, I just want to know if it is the right person. So that is what I will get if I order the pdf.
  7. jorghes

    jorghes LostCousins Member


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