Learn how the General Register Office, responsible for the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales, coped with the extra demands which resulted from the First World War.
Audrey Collins is Records Specialist - Family History at The National Archives. Audrey has worked at The National Archives since 2002. Before that she was a freelance researcher, writer and lecturer, and was engaged by the Office for National Statistics as their official Census historian for the bi-centenary census in 2001.
Audrey is a regular speaker at family history events in the UK and overseas, and her particular research interests include the history and development of the General Register Office. She is the co-author of 'Birth, Marriage and Death Records: a guide for the family historian' with Dave Annal, published by Pen & Sword in 2012.
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