A welcome new improvement has just been implemented at the General Register Office. It is a new free Birth and Death Index with additional data fields. For instance, the most welcome of all: the mother’s maiden name on the birth index.
The index is separate from the existing index which can be found on Free BMD or commercial websites like Ancestry. The new index cover the dates from 1837 to 1915 for births and 1837 to 1957 for deaths.
The search result gives the information required to enable ordering of the certificate: year, quarter, registration district, volume, page number.
To find out more information visit their Questions page.
An additional small change to their website is that registration is required before you are able to search the index.