Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Branch out with Family Tree History; Genealogy System Unveiled on Tyne

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Branch out with Family Tree History; Genealogy System Unveiled on Tyne

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Byline: Dan Warburton

LONG-LOST family members can be traced for the first time in the North East as a new genealogy system is unveiled.

The city is to become one of only seven sites across England and Wales to offer a full set of records from the General Register Office (GRO).

Previously, the nearest location for tracing family trees was more than 150 miles away in Manchester. Now - as the trend for tracing long-lost relatives and genealogy soars - history enthusiasts can access the files on Tyneside.

Records for ancestors who perished in wars are also available, so descendants can trace their relatives back to conflicts from the past 140 years.

Last night Sarah Mulligan, the city library's information officer for heritage, said: "We already had the GRO index from 1837 to 2001 on microfiche.

"Now we've got the full set available for people to look at. There are only seven sites including ourselves in the UK.

"It means people can track their family history and it also means people can access overseas records and Army regiments.

"You can look up the index and if that person was born, died or was married in Newcastle you can go to the registrar office and get the certificate."

GRO indexes will include civil events, including all births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships in England and Wales between 1837 and 2009.

Users will also have access to overseas records of births, deaths and marriages from 1761 to 2009. …

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