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The General Register Office (GRO) has extended their search form for births so that you can now include the mother’s maiden name. Applies to records pre-1915.

You need to register with them in order to use the search facility. It is a cumbersome registration process; and the search process is equally cumbersome. You can only search in five-year blocks AND you have to give the gender of the child.

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From 2020 the mother’s maiden name is also available at FindMyPast, and is shown in the transcript option.

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