At the moment the General Record Index can only release BMD Certificates as paper copies. The petition proposes legislation to allow uncertified certificates to be issued via email. The cost of this could be much lower than the current £9.25 cost of a paper certificate. It is suggested that the cost be £2 when ordered on-line and the GRO Index Ref is Provided and issued in a electronic format or a plain paper in the same way as The Republic of Ireland.
If you support this petition further details can be found on the UK Government website, where you can also sign the petion at Research Copies for BMD Certificates
1841 Census for Kent.
At 1841 Kent Census free transcriptions of the census of 1841 for Kent is in progress. Some of the County is already available to search. It is worthwhile checking out the site to see if the area you are interested in has been completed.
Kent History & Library Centre, Maidstone, Monday 23 April 2012. Kent Family History Society Talk.
As already posted the new Kent History and Library Centre at Maidstone, Kent opens on 23 April. The Thanet Branch of the Kent Family History Society has a talk on May 16, 2012 "An Introduction to the Kent History and Library Centre"
The speaker is Suart Bligh of the Centre and it could be an oportunity to find out more about the centre. The meeting takes place at The Birchington Village Centre, Alpha Road, Birchington. 7.30 p.m. for 8.00 p.m. KFHS state that "Non-members are very welcome to attend our meetings". Further details can be found at KFHS Branches