Modernising Civil Registration – England and Wales

The GRO for England and Wales has just posted the following update at, entitling the post Modernising Civil Registration:
The way we register births and deaths, and give notice to marry is being modernised.

Registration online In March 2006, the General Register Office (GRO) introduced a web-based system that enabled civil partnership to be registered online. This system –
Registration Online (RON) – has since been extended to cover birth, death, stillbirth and marriage registration together with the legal preliminaries to marriage and civil partnership.

In a further modernisation initiative, the registrars general for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland launched the disclosure of death registration information scheme in January 2008
Following feedback from customers, this scheme was further extended in July 2011 to provide the opportunity for existing customers to obtain death data for England and Wales dating back to January 2007.

GRO is also currently reviewing its options for digitising all birth, death and marriage records dating back to 1837 – details are below.

Digitisation project
The digitisation and indexing project is the project to scan and digitise civil registration records for England and Wales from 1837 to present and create a new online index of events. This project has been in a pause status since September 2010.

Project update November 2011 Around 50% of the birth, death, adoption and marriage records have already been digitised. During the financial year 2011/12 IPS will decide the future plans for the digitisation of its remaining records.

If you have any comments on this page please contact:

Beryl Evans FFHS Archives Liaison Officer

About mallerstang

Member of the Guild of One Name Studies researching the name CUMPSTON and its variants. You can see my website at I have a new study of the name LAXEN with its own blog at and a further research blog which is not registered as a one name study of KNAGGS of Flamborough
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