What are BMDs?
'BMD' stands for Births, Marriages & Deaths. These records are kept by the General Register Office (GRO) of England & Wales. These records have been kept by law since 1837, detailing every birth, marriage and death recorded in England & Wales since that date. These records are also used to issue copies birth, marriage and death certificates.
What information can I expect to find on a birth record?
A birth record is a certificate that states the date and place an individual was born. These records are available from 1837 onwards as published by the GRO. You can also order a copy of a birth certificate if you need to, which can show you more information about the birth.
Birth Records: 1837 - 2005
Information you can find on a birth record is as follows:
If you want more information, then you can order a full birth certificate, which can give you the following:
For records before 1837, you would usually turn to Parish Registers, which incluce Baptism Records.