Team offers expert research services

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 17, 2006

For those of you researching family lines in the United Kingdom, news of an interesting website has crossed my desk. BMD-Certificates is a team of expert researchers who specialize in acquiring replacement birth, marriage, and death certificates.

They offer certificate copies from January 1837 to July 2004, all obtained from official Government sources for England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. All certificates are the &8220;full&8221; or &8220;long&8221; form, certified and official.

Not sure of a date? Not to worry. Although they do require an age in years for death requests after 1955, for all other requests a search for one year on either side of the given date is automatically conducted just in case the information was lost in translation.

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If you don&8217;t have every detail of information for your request and no information can be found, the group offers a full refund for their charges. If there is a choice of entries or any other doubt about information found, the team will consult you and will not act until they receive your further instructions. Should you decide not to proceed, a complete refund is supplied.

Overseas Certificates are also available as long as the birth, death, or marriage was recorded with a British Overseas Authority at the time it occurred.

BMD-Certificates offers Standard processing which ships the information in 15 business days; Swift processing which ships in five business days; and Express service available in 1 business day. All certificates are sent by air mail. Charges for these services vary accordingly.

The group accepts major credit cards, debit cards, &8216;cheques&8217;, and money orders and their payment scale is in keeping with the service provided. They accept US dollars as well as British pounds, Euros and Australian, Canadian and New Zealand dollars.

The Web site (at

) is easy to navigate and the ordering process is clear and simple. This is a great service and could be the answer to many a researcher&8217;s prays. Check it out &8230; you just may be one of those researchers.


&8230; Jeanette Corcoran (Kinston, NC;

) wishes to correspond with anyone researching BENJAMIN COLEMAN WILLIAMS and ELIZABETH/BETSY WILLIAMS, twins of Colonel John Williams and his second wife, Nancy Coleman (daughter of Col. William Bount Coleman and Harriett Cobb Pebbles) of Woodington area, Lenoir County, Kinston, NC. Born in 1818, the twins went to Mississippi before the Civil War and settled around French Camp, MS, on land owned by their father who was wealthy with holdings in Mississippi and Alabama. They never returned to NC. Benjamin married Mary Catharine WILLIAMS producing four children: Carrie (married C. Palmer BOND); Anna Mourning (married Joseph Reuben TEER); Lillia (married Bill GREENLEE); and Coleman who went to Louisiana. Benjamin died 20 April 1889 and Mary Catharine on 14 May 1890. Both were buried somewhere in French Camp. Mary Elizabeth (Betsy) Williams married Jesse A. GREGORY producing four children: Julia (born 1837, married Charles COSTON with children Annie, Bettie, & Bryant); John Charles Gregory (born 1841); Benjamin C. (born 1841); and Mourning Joy (born 1845; married Col. Collins Hemmingway HERRING producing children Lott, Albert W., A.Lee, and Annie Belle. Both are buried in Berea Cemetery). Are there any living descendants or knowledgeable individuals who may know cemetery locations or have family information? Can any reader help?

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