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From: Charani <>
Subject: Re: [Lon] SENDING FOR CERTIFICATES
Date: Sun, 14 May 2006 16:44:03 +0100
Ellen Oakley wrote:
> Hello List
> Could anyone please tell me where I would send to for a Certificate
> other than doing it online for KINGSTON. Does anyone know the
> address. It's taking over a month online at the moment.
You could phone or fax the GRO at Southport, but that will cost you extra.
You could apply by snail mail but that's liable to take just as long,
if not longer.
You could apply to the relevant register office which might be a bit
quicker, providing they will issue certificates for family history
purposes, which not all of them will.
AIUI, certificates are processed a bit quicker if you apply in person
at the FRC.
The GRO do say that the standard period is 28 working days.
Unfortunately, with the increasing popularity of our hobby, delays
will occur. I know the argument is that the GRO should take on more
staff but they can't take on any Tom, Dick or Harriet given the
potentially sensitive nature of the data being handled.
However, the upside is that projects like FreeBMD and the Dove Project
could make things easier when they are completed. At least we have
got the internet which makes things considerably easier than it used