General Register Office - Historic Birth and Death Index Search. The General Register Office oversees civil registration in England and Wales. Use this site to order certificates online and search a free new version of the GRO indexes. These include births 1837-1918 which includes the mother's maiden name from 1837 (previously only available from 1911). The death index covers 1837-1957 plus 1984-2019 and includes the age at death from 1837 (previously only available from 1866). These indexes also list full names not initials. Search options are limited to plus or minus 2 years. You also have to search each year by gender. You need to register (free) and set up a password so that you can use this site. PDF copies of birth records 1837-1918 and death records 1837-1957 and 1984-2019 are available for £7. A PDF copy cannot be used for official purposes. A certified certificate costs £11.
TIP: No maiden name shown indicates a likely illegitimate birth.
TIP: Use the FreeBMD site to locate possible year entries you are interested in, across a range of years, and then use these GRO indexes to obtain the extra information.