e-petitions - Research Copies for Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates for Genealogical Research Purposes
If a UK citizen, please sign the e-petition. Also copy and paste this to your status updates on Facebook as 100,000 signatures are needed to get this read in parliament. Please don't create a new e-petition just sign this one, to get to the 100,000 signature goal: Research Copies for Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates for Genealogical Research Purposes. Under current legislation, the GRO can only "release this information by means of the issue of a paper certified copy Cert of the relevant entry, and payment of the relevant statutory fee for a certified copy." We request that this House enacts legislation to allow the General Register Office of England and Wales the ability to issue "uncertified" research copies of birth, marriage and death certs - with a notice on the copies that they are uncertified, and have no legal authority - and that these may be obtained at a much lower cost than the current £9.25 per cert (eg £2) when ordered on-line and the GRO Index Ref is Provided, and that these may be issued in a electronic (email) format or a plain paper in the same way as The Rep of Ireland; this would enable family historians to buy many certs for their research at a lower cost" In the Republic of Ireland you can ask for an uncertified copy from Roscommon (their version of GRO) for 4.