News from Ian Hartas of UKBMD (http://www.UKBMD.org.uk
"Hi, Each of the Local BMD sites that uses the UKBMD software has been updated to add a new features to the Deaths indexes search.
"This new optional feature gives you the opportunity to specify either a year of birth, or the age at death for the person you are seeking.
"For example, on the Yorkshire BMD site if you were to select a range of years, 1837-1850, enter a name of Smith, select Hull as the region and finally enter 1820 as the year of birth the results would show all possible matches, based on the year of death and the age at death, plus or minus one year. This may help locate a death index entry when you know their year of birth, but do not know when they died.
"Alternatively, if you enter a figure of less than 4 digits it assumes that you're asking for a match on the age, so the search will match the age plus or minus one year.
"Many entries have not been indexed with their age at death
and so a "-" will be shown. These will always appear as
possible matches in the search results. The age at death in
these cases may not be a correct match.
"Note: Cumbria and West Midlands do not have age at death indexed, so this option does not appear on their search screens."