UNRELATED CERTIFICATES INDEX
The Index is a voluntary undertaking and the fees charges support the work of the Index itself. £4.00 non-returnable search fee per three surnames, with named variants, to receive a breakdown of the number of entries per surname and the number of certificates containing these entries. The cost of providing ALL information from a certificate is £1.00 per certificate. Quotations for requests for more than ten certificates at one time can be provided. Cheques and crossed postal orders should be made payable to BMSGH and a stamped, addressed envelope or 3 IRCs must be included for your reply. Payments from overseas must be by sterling cheque or sterling money order only.
What is the Unrelated Certificates Index?
The Unrelated Certificates Index is a rapidly growing collection of individual surnames from mainly British Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates which have been kindly donated by family historians, which are either not relevant or nor longer required. There are also a few entries from other miscellaneous holdings such as Wills, Burial Certificates, etc. It is estimated that the collection currently amounts to approximately 100,000 individual names.
Computerisation of this index has recently been completed. This development has speeded up the massive task of indexing each name from every certificate and also provides enquirers with additional information when making the initial request. A computer print-out from our database is supplied to enquirers together with an information sheet which contains the key to interpreting the information supplied.
Every decipherable name from each certificate is entered in the database together with relevant dates, and locations etc. Please remember that transcription is sometimes difficult and that we can only do our best in interpreting handwriting styles and poor printing.
Gifts of unwanted certificates and clear photocopies are always welcome, but because of storage and language problems no overseas certificates or other documents, please. When donating certificates it assists transcription it difficult to read or unusual names are repeated in pencil above each entry.
Please remember that transcription is sometimes difficult and that we can only do our best in interpreting handwriting styles and poor printing.
In the first instance please contact Jackie Cotterill at firstname.lastname@example.org
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