In today's newsletter from findmypast.co.uk, they announced that we can now search fully indexed birth records for 1837 to 2006 on findmypast.co.uk.
This is a great improvement in looking through all those index pages and brings births from England and Wales nearly up to the Scottish standard.
You can search the complete set of birth records in one go or by one or more counties at a time.
I found that searching for a common name sometimes resulted in the website failing to respond so perhaps they're having teething problems or they're just overloaded.
You can choose whether you want to search for variants of first names and surnames, search for a range of years, by mother's maiden name.
There are a few oddities.
I searched for a double barrelled surname Zentler-Gordon with first name Robert (no variants) born between 1940 and 1950, which produced 86 results including lots with the surname of Gordon by itself. Searching for Zentler with first name Robert (no variants) born between 1940 and 1950 produced just 1 result of Robert Zentler-Gordon.
I searched for first name Voltaire surname Lowe (no variants on either), which produced 399 results but all 8 pages listed un-named male and female Lowes.
I changed the surname on this search to Praseodymium-Lowe, and got the same 399 results which seems to indicate that the first part is being ignored.
As I expected there are no people with the surname Praseodymium.
They're in the process of fully indexing the marriage and death records too, and expect to complete that by the end of the year.
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