Each record comprises a transcript and an image of the original of the General Register Office (GRO) Consular Indices.
The amount of information included varies, but the British Nationals Born Overseas 1818 – 2005 records usually include:
• First name
• Last name
• Birth year
• Place of birth
• Country of birth
• Year range
• Volume in which record appears
• Page on which record appears
Later records may also contain additional details. Further details in later records may include:
• Mother’s maiden name
• Birth day
• Birth month
The record set comprises around 978, 840 birth records of British nationals in many different countries and at sea.
These records date from 1818 to 2005.
If your ancestor was born abroad, but was still classed as a British citizen at the time of the birth, then the British Consul or the UK High Commission in the relevant jurisdiction may have been notified of the birth, allowing you to discover their record within the GRO's Consular indices.
When you search the records, your search results will be in the form of a list of individual names. In most cases, the image does not provide any further information on your ancestor.
The eighteenth century in Britain saw the golden age of the Grand Tour, in which the sons of the British elite travelled around Europe as an educational experience. From the early 1800s, there was a revolution in the way British people travelled abroad in search of a new life, work, or simply pleasure. With the industrialisation of Britain and the increase in leisure time, the middle class, and later the working class, began travelling overseas for leisure.