There is an e-petition looking for support to have open access to the registers of births,
marriages and deaths from 1837 to 1908 on the 10 Downing Street website.
It is open to expatriates, or if you're in an overseas territory, a Crown dependency
or in the Armed Forces without a postcode. As an expatriates is one who has taken up
residence in a foreign country, therefore it is open to those who live overseas in the US,
Canada Australia etc were to sign the petition.
We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Allow full and open access to registers
of Birth, Marriage and Death from 1837 to 1908.
Submitted by David Lloyd – Deadline to sign up by: 22 July 2009 – Signatures: 4,293
More details from petition creator
Having full and open access to the registers of births, marriages and deaths from 1837 to
1908 will make it easier for genealogists to research the records and ensure they get the
copies they require. If copies were put on the internet this would simplify the process.
These records are over a hundred years old and should now be accessible to all with a
small fee to cover the cost of copying the originals.
Or, if you're an expatriate, you're in an overseas territory, a Crown dependency
or in the Armed Forces without a postcode, please select from this list:
. number10. gov.uk/OpenBMDre cords/