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ORA includes support for birth and death indexes available on the General Register Office web site, gro.gov.uk. The Control Panel will only appear on the search page for the online index, https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/indexes_search.asp.

The GRO site does not support linking directly to records. This limits the functionality of ORA's Record Status links. You can assign Record Status values, but you will not be able to navigate directly back to any records you mark as Pending or Questionable. Make sure you set the comment text to a value that will remind you how to find the record using the GRO UK search feature.


ORA's GRO UK service supports two collections, Birth and Death.

Control Panel

When you open the search page, the ORA Control Panel will not appear right away.

Search Page with No Index Selected

The ORA Control Panel appears when you click "Birth" or "Death" at the top of the page, but the Control Panel will not show any information yet.

Search Page with Birth Index Selected

Fill-in the search parameters and click submit:

Several Search Parameters Entered

The GRO site will return a list of results. Each has a radio button to select it. The Control Panel will show the field values for the first entry in the list.

No Item Is Selected

When you click an entry in the list to select it, the ORA Control Panel will extract the GRO reference information from the selected entry.

Item Number Two Is Selected

After processing a record, you can click the Record Status icon to update its status.

Item Number Two with Checkmark Record Status