GRO's PDF Pilot Phase 2 has closed
Phase 2 of the General Register Office's PDF trial has now closed - I don't suppose any LostCousins members used the £45 same-day service, which clearly wasn't aimed at family historians (I certainly didn't!).
Phase 3 is much more likely to be of interest to us - this will provide PDF copies of register entries that have yet to be digitised at a price of £8. Whilst this is only a small saving in cost compared to a paper certificate (£9.25), it's potentially a big saving in time for those who live overseas.
The start date hasn't been revealed - the GRO website currently states "Details of the commencement of phase 3 of the PDF pilot (PDF copies of our non-digitised records) will be published here shortly". If the launch date is announced before the next issue of this newsletter I'll add the information to the Stop Press below.
I understand that Phase 3 will run for 4 weeks or until 40,000 orders have been placed. Because the GRO only has online indexes for events which have been digitised you'll need to source the references at FreeBMD (or one of the other sites that has indexed the entries) and input them during the ordering process.