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Title: Expense
Post by: Wade82 on Wednesday 02 January 13 15:26 GMT (UK)
Hello was wondering if anyone knows of any other cheaper way of finding info on certs other than ordering them at 9.25 a pop its working out so expensive and I just can not afford it. I mean like is there any website or something you can just pay for a email of info ie tell them the marriage date etc and names and they email you anymore info? I dont no i no its a long shot but I may even have to close my ancestry membership for a while I just have so many certs I need to order
Thankyou
Title: Re: Expense
Post by: PaulineJ on Wednesday 02 January 13 15:35 GMT (UK)
Not unless you can locate any parish copy of a marriage.
Baptisms if found give date(s) but not MMN for example.
A parish burial record typically gives only name and age, so not as much as a death cert.

Closing Ancestrysubs  for a while to buy certs can be worthwhile.

It's still accessible at many libraries for free.
Title: Re: Expense
Post by: Wade82 on Wednesday 02 January 13 15:39 GMT (UK)
Sadly I thought as much thankyou for replying so quickly looks like I may have to close ancestry for a while and order a cert a month or so.
Thankyou again
Title: Re: Expense
Post by: Spidermonkey on Wednesday 02 January 13 15:43 GMT (UK)
Short answer is - not really!

You might be lucky and find copies of marriage records online such as the London marriages on Ancestry.  More and more parish records are becoming available via Ancestry, FindMyPast and familysearch etc, so it will depend on the counties you need.  You can also go to records offices too obviously, but that's not much use if you live in Northumberland and all your ancestors lived in Cornwall!

I can't really afford to regularly buy certs, so tend to only get them if the info they contain is vital, otherwise I just make a note of the reference for when I win the lottery  ;D
Title: Re: Expense
Post by: Wade82 on Wednesday 02 January 13 15:46 GMT (UK)
I no what you mean about lottery  :) my list is so long now thats the problem I keep jotting down the ones I need then going off on a different branch of tree now I seem to be completly stuck and NEED the certs.
Thankyou
Title: Re: Expense
Post by: LizzieW on Wednesday 02 January 13 15:49 GMT (UK)
Not unless you have Scottish ancestors, then you can buy credits and do a search and download the results.  I found my grandfather that way (English but died in Scotland).  The Scottish death certs are wonderful, they gave date and exact place of death, cause of death and, even though my grandfather was 41 at the time, his parents names, plus mother's maiden name were given.  So much more info than you'll get on an English cert.
Title: Re: Expense
Post by: Romilly on Wednesday 02 January 13 16:48 GMT (UK)

It's also particularly disappointing, (& expensive) when the Cert you have ordered turns out to be wrong:-(

I ordered 10 looking for a Birth for my late Grandfather, (William James Wilson, 1860 - 1937) and not one of them fitted the info I already had!

I've had to call a halt now...

Romilly :-\
Title: Re: Expense
Post by: eadaoin on Wednesday 02 January 13 18:20 GMT (UK)
*** And when you DO buy a Cert, please put a postem on FreeBMD! ***

(this is my periodical reminder to everyone - if we all did this, there'd be a huge amount of extra info on freeBMD)

regards eadaoin
Title: Re: Expense
Post by: silvery on Wednesday 02 January 13 18:28 GMT (UK)
You may not need all the certificates. 

Put some of your blocks (where you can't seem to get any further) on here on rootschat and people will see what they can come up with.   Do separate post for each set of names.  It's amazing what can be found without certs, but you will need some essential ones. 
Title: Re: Expense
Post by: Romilly on Wednesday 02 January 13 18:48 GMT (UK)
*** And when you DO buy a Cert, please put a postem on FreeBMD! ***
(this is my periodical reminder to everyone - if we all did this, there'd be a huge amount of extra info on freeBMD)
regards eadaoin

Sounds a good idea,

But how do you do this eadaoin?

Romilly.
Title: Re: Expense
Post by: Wade82 on Wednesday 02 January 13 18:51 GMT (UK)
Yes how do you do that eodaoin ?
Thankyou everyone think I got the Christmas blues today :-\
Title: Re: Expense
Post by: silvery on Wednesday 02 January 13 19:00 GMT (UK)
It's a very good idea.

Just click the red 'info' button and scroll down a little.  You can put everything there that's on the cert - names, dates, addresses, witnesses etc etc.   And if you find an entry with a postem there's a little extra sign by it (have forgotten what it is). 

from freebmd:  When an entry has one or more Postems associated with it, the symbol  (an enveope)  will appear beside the entry. Click on this symbol or on the Info button to bring up the information about the entry which will include the Postem or Postems associated with the entry.
Title: Re: Expense
Post by: tillypeg on Wednesday 02 January 13 19:57 GMT (UK)
Postems are such a good idea.  If you have a death cert relating to someone whose marriage was pre-Civil Registration, then add a note of that to the FreeBMD entry for the death registration.  Every little helps!
Title: Re: Expense
Post by: panda40 on Wednesday 02 January 13 20:11 GMT (UK)
Which areas and names are you researching? If you add some information some roots chatters may have access to the parish records in that area and could provide you with a photo copy of the parish record entry at a fraction of the cost of a certificate. I have done this a lot for marriage certificates. A photo copy is only 50p at my local archive.

Regards panda
Title: Re: Expense
Post by: Wade82 on Wednesday 02 January 13 20:17 GMT (UK)
Thankyou Panda I am just going through my tree to try and see if I can get any further on here without having to buy as many then reassess later. :)
Title: Re: Expense
Post by: sillgen on Wednesday 02 January 13 20:31 GMT (UK)

It's also particularly disappointing, (& expensive) when the Cert you have ordered turns out to be wrong:-(

I ordered 10 looking for a Birth for my late Grandfather, (William James Wilson, 1860 - 1937) and not one of them fitted the info I already had!

I've had to call a halt now...

Romilly :-\

Sometimes if you order from the local office rather than the GRO they are kind and will check details first for you.    If you know the mother was Mary or whatever you can say so and they will send back your cheque if it is wrong.  Assuming you send an sae.   Not all of them but it is worth a try.
Title: Re: Expense
Post by: eadaoin on Wednesday 02 January 13 20:58 GMT (UK)
*** And when you DO buy a Cert, please put a postem on FreeBMD! ***

silvery told you how to do it - remember to do both parties for a marriage!

If you want to see some postems, go to FreeBMD and search for Marriages GRAY in Bromley between 1920 and 1935 ... I think there are 3 of mine ... by clicking on the envelope, you can see what I posted.