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Getting Started - GRO BMD Indexes - Getting Started with the GRO BMD Indexes
by © David Tippey 2006

This article was written by author and genealogist David Tippey as a helpful guide on how to get started in family history on the website. The article covers the General Register Office GRO Indexes for England & Wales as these were the first records to be added to the site, the later databases (Parishes, Overseas, Military and Census records) and website features are not reviewed in this article.


How to search the BMD Indexes

There are three types of Databases on where records have been fully transcribed, partially transcribed on a "surname range" basis and browseable records with images.

Fully transcribed records means every record in that dataset has been fully transcribed manually (from an image) including last name, forename, district, year etc. enabling faster and accurate searching