Family History Research
The formal registering of births, deaths and marriages began in 1837. Entries from this date are available on written request on payment of the fee of £9.00.
To obtain a copy from an entry you should apply to the Register Office which covers the area where the event occurred. If you do not know this information, contact us.
For a copy of a birth entry you will need to tell us:-
- The full name of the person
- The date of birth
- The place of birth
- The parent's names
For a copy of a death entry you will need to tell us: -
- The full name of the deceased
- The date and place of death
For a copy of a marriage entry you need to tell us: -
- The parties married
- The date and place of marriage
- Father's names if known
If we can locate the entry we will issue it to you by return of post.
Following the withdrawal of the GRO indexes from the National Archives in Kew, a full set of the indexes can now be found at:
- Birmingham Central Library
- Bridgend Reference and Information Library
- The British Library
- City of Westminster Archives Centre
- Greater Manchester County Record Office
- The London Metropolitan Archives
- Plymouth Central Library
Please note that it is NOT possible to obtain a certificate at any of the locations listed above although some offices may provide Internet access to the GRO online certificate ordering service.
The Family History Library can help you with your family history research. Its collection of family history resources primarily covers Buckinghamshire, but they can still help if your ancestors lived elsewhere, as access to family history resources covering the whole of England and Wales is available. For further information please visit
The Family History Library