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Overseas non-parochial birth, marriage and death records go online

More than 100,000 records of overseas births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials of British subjects, including those onboard ships, have been added to the searchable online service at BMDRegisters. These newly added records were previously only viewable on microfilm as the RG 33 series.

Overseas births, marriages and deaths are an often overlooked resource accounting for over a million entries for British subjects.
Included in this series you can find:

  • Births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials abroad (but also including Lundy Island, Devon), and on British as well as foreign ships; of British subjects, nationals of the colonies, the Commonwealth and countries under British jurisdiction, and some foreign nationals
  • Original registers, notebooks and copies of entries in registers kept by incumbents of English churches and missions, British embassies, legations and political agents; documents deposited for safekeeping, correspondence and memoranda 
  • The material relates mostly to the 19th and 20th centuries, but includes some for the 17th century concerning the English congregation at The Hague
  • A volume of marriages solemnised on board HM ships, 1842 to 1879, and a volume of events registered by British consuls prior to the Consular Marriages Act of 1849

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