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GRO - PDF Copies

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PatinCyprus Report 12 Oct 2017 15:56

Just found this notice on GRO

The GRO is piloting a service from 12 October 2017 to provide portable document format (PDF) copies of digitised historical birth and death records. The pilot will run for a minimum of 3 months to enable GRO to assess the demand for this service over a prolonged period.

Applications for each PDF cost £6, must be made online, and include a GRO index reference.

England and Wales records which are available as PDFs in this extended pilot include:

Births: 1837 –1916
Deaths: 1837 –1957

Note: A PDF is not a certificate and has no “evidential” value, and therefore a certificate is required for official purposes, e.g. applying for a passport, driving licence or giving notice of marriage.

I for one will be ordering some.


LaGooner Report 12 Oct 2017 16:00

Thanks for this Pat I will be ordering too :-D


supercrutch Report 12 Oct 2017 16:24

I have ordered some prior to today and have been very pleased with the monetary saving and speed of delivery.



maggiewinchester Report 13 Oct 2017 09:35

Thank you for this, Pat - an opportunity to get certificate details for the 'oddities' :-D :-D


PatinCyprus Report 13 Oct 2017 11:23

I ordered 6 certs this morning due date 19th October :-D