|British Houses Of Parliament|
One class was about the awesome site FREEBMD. In 1837 the British Houses of Parliament passed laws requiring all births, marriages, and deaths be recorded. That information was available in books you could search until a few years ago. If you had an ancestor that were either born, married, or died in England or Wales between the years 1837 and 1946 those records were made public and you could have ordered certificates to document those events.
They were then removed and were no longer public.
Once again that amazing spirit (some know as the spirit of Elijah) caused good people to, at their time and expense, arrange to index and put on line those records. The project is an ongoing project, the aim of which is to transcribe the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales, and to provide free Internet access to the transcribed records. It is a part of the FreeUKGEN family, which also includes FreeCEN (Census data) and FreeREG (Parish Registers). To search the records that have so far been transcribed by FreeBMD click on the Search button.
If you had an ancestor that were either born, married, or died in England or Wales between the year so much of the project is complete you will likely find your ancestors. It is an important site.
I have Porter, Bingham, Cragun, and many other lines from there and I am beginning to do research on this website.
You might try it also, it's easy to use.