Posted by on 10 October 2011 in 15 minutes with 15 collections, General, Record Collections

It’s day ten of our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ countdown! Today, we’ve made our England & Wales, Birth Index, 1916-2005, completely free for everyone to use. It’ll stay that way until October 15th.

Our Birth, Marriage & Death Indexes provide the essential building blocks for your family tree. Our early indexes covering 1837 to 1915 are always free, so for the next few days you can discover your ancestors’ births across almost 200 years. The indexes reveal each child’s name plus an approximate date and place and birth, and you can then buy copies of their birth certificates for more detailed information.

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These more recent birth indexes include the mother’s maiden name, which means you can use it in your search. It’s worth taking the time to find it out if you can, as it can really help to narrow down your results or distinguish between two people with the same name. The older indexes rely on your best guesses of names, dates and places.

Come back tomorrow for free access to our US Historical Newspapers, Birth, Marriage & Death Announcements, 1851-2003.

See all our free record collections this month

* Each collection will become available to search for free from 7am BST on the relevant day.  All collections will be available to search until 12 midnight BST on 15 October 2011.  To view these records you will need to register for free with Ancestry.co.uk with your name and email address.

1 Comment

Sandra Blake 

Not able to access records as described under 15 minutes with 15 collections. Tried to view images from UK births just kept referring me to subscription page.

13 October 2011 at 10:25 am