RESEARCHING our family tree is a favourite pastime for many and now – with Directgov – people can save cash and find out how to research their family history.
Following programmes like the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?, interest in genealogy has grown rapidly in recent years. Some commercial companies charge as much as £30 for a birth certificate but each certificate costs from just £7 if you order online via Directgov.
Public information about registering births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales has moved from the GRO (General Register Office) website and is now available on the government’s supersite, Directgov.
The GRO online ordering service currently receives up to 7,000 applications a day and 2.5 million views per month. More than two million certificate applications are made each year, the vast majority of which are investigating their family tree, others need a certificate for legal or administrative purposes – and 90 percent of these applications are made online. Other significant areas of interest include finding out about places to get married, marriage fees, and registering a birth.
Directgov, the government’s flagship digital service, is now hosting information on registering births, marriages, civil partnerships and deaths, including details of how adopted adults can access their original birth records or place their details on the Adoption Contact Register. All the information is in plain English and the move to Directgov will improve public access.
Jayne Nickalls, chief executive of Directgov, said: “This is a wonderful addition to the Directgov family and we are delighted to host this information. People don’t need to pay over the odds for what is an essential legal and historical document of life in the UK.” Visit www.direct.gov.uk/familyhistory for more information.