Since 1984 the GRO indexes have been fully computerised and thus are much more accessible - they have their own separate search pages. The basic search requires only a surname and forename, although you can use the wildcard character * after the first three letters. That's fine if you are looking for say the birth of a specific person, but they may have had siblings that you didn't know about, which this search wouldn't find. Using the Advanced Search page you can
Reduce the number of hits by entering forenames or initials, the mother's maiden name, and the year, month and district of registration"
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