All births in England and Wales are registered with the GRO (General Register Office) and detailed in the Birth Index. Information held within the Birth Index is extremely useful in both tracing and identity verification exercises.
We currently hold three official GRO datasets – Birth Index, Marriage Index and Death Index. Our Birth Index database includes details of all officially registered births in the period covering 1984 - 2006.
Birth Index data has a vital role to play when attempting to trace people and carrying out identity checks. Each record contained in the Birth Index has been fully verified by the General Register Office and is therefore highly reliable.
When direct efforts to trace an individual are proving fruitless, Birth Index data can provide the necessary links to them. Utilising the vital records within the Birth Index can lead tracing agents to third parties who can help them with their enquiry. By using the Birth Index search to assist in finding siblings, children and other relatives, tracing agents can turn what seems an unworkable case into a positive trace.
A fundamental part of Know Your Customer procedures, identity checks play a key role in establishing an individual’s identity; as part of this process a Birth Index search can prove invaluable. Checking provided details against the Birth Index and substantiating a customer’s identity, aids fraud prevention and can form part of your due diligence procedures for anti-money laundering checks.
Birth records for England and Wales is part of our portfolio of datasets and is accessible through both our people tracing and identity verification systems.