Petition to open historic registers
Responsible department: Home Office
We ask that historic birth marriage & death registers be open to public inspection at county record offices or the National Archives
Until 1973 registers of BMD held at superintendent registrar’s offices were open to public inspection
Today’s technology available allows the registers to be digitized and made available as facsimile copies protecting the original from damage
Commercial concerns are willing to scan the registers and make them available online under licence at no cost to the public purse
A new accurate index of BMDs could be compiled by volunteers thereby complying with the 1836 legislation for the first time in 177 years.
The benefits include taking pressure off Superintendent Registrars and the GRO enabling them to concentrate on the core task of recording & administering current registrations.
Revenue would be created for the County Record Offices or the National Archives swelling the government coffers.
All at no cost to the taxpayer or government.
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