about INDEXES for English and Welsh vital registrations
If you can’t find someone in the online or microfilm indexes of the vital registrations (1837 onwards of birth, marriage, deaths) of England and Wales, the following quote might help to explain why.
This is quoted from an article “Genealogy in Brief” by Marjorie Stuart, in the Toronto Tree, Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, Volume 39, Issue 1, January/February 2008, page 6. Marjorie Stuart reviews interesting articles in other genealogy and family history journals for Toronto Branch, OGS. AFHS Library has this publication, Toronto Tree. The underlining is mine.
“Diedre Taylor has been transcribing and checking birth indexes, for England and Wales, directly from the original Registrar’s registers, and this has proved to be an eye opener. It has been suggested that the GRO Index has about 10 percent errors and omissions. In the past, copies of local registrar’s birth records were sent to London, where they were included in the national index, now available on the Internet. The new index now under construction is checked with the original registers. While it will be some time before this is completed, hopefully the errors and omissions will be corrected. This serves to remind us that we should always go back to the original source! Lancashire, Lancashire Family History Society, Volume 29, No. 4, November 2007, pages 26-27.”