how do i check for exact births and death dates

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as i am new at this, i have vague dates of births and deaths, how do i find the correct ones, ? thank you
in Genealogy Help by Triena Duffy G2G Rookie (220 points)

1 Answer

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It depends which country you are in as each operates slightly differently. But basically you will need to find the origianal  event certificate or record. So nearby relatives might well have birth, marriage or death certificates for relatives.

Some countries may have extracts or transcriptions online but most only have an index of the original data but with the record number you can order a copy certificate in most countries.

Other sources for dates are online church records or even gravestones, but nothing beats an original certificate for certainty of dates.
by R. G. G2G6 Pilot (213k points)
Here's a short list of the main sites to search for records by country.






Google search for the "vital records" Office for the state you want



Perhaps a better link for England and Wales is the searching is quite good and you get the GRO refence number which you will need to order the certificate.

on the following page (  on the GRO site it does list freebmd along with several other sources that are also free, such as:

A complete set of GRO Indexes are available to view in microfiche format at:

  • The Library of Birmingham
  • Bridgend Local and Family History Centre
  • City of Westminster Archives Centre
  • Manchester City Library (unavailable until Spring 2014 when the indexes will return to Manchester Central Library)
  • Newcastle City Library
  • Plymouth Central Library and
  • The British Library

I mentioned the GRO site as it is the official repository of all the BMDs of England and Wales and it does offer the links to other good sites as well.

And for what it's worth ordering certs. from the GRO site direct is cheapest.
Yes cheapest but not cheap, there was a proposition a few years ago to have a download copy for genealogy or other none identity purposes for about a quarter of the price. I would have ordered the several hundred I needed it it was so, as it is I have to prioritise.
I agree.

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