Genealogical Research

Many people are interested in family history. A number of our cemeteries are over 100 years old and our registers provide an important source of local information. Our cemetery registers are available for research during office hours by appointment

If you require us to carry out a search, and you don't have the person's date of death, a small fee is payable.

It is advisable when researching family history from burial records that you have the correct date of death, otherwise the search can be very time consuming.

If you wish to ask us to carry out a local search in one of our ten cemeteries please contact the Crownhill Crematorium and Cemetery Office.

For further family history information, you may wish to contact:

Family History Library

Milton Keynes Library welcomes all enquiries to their Family History Library and can help you with your family history research.

The collection of family history resources primarily covers Buckinghamshire, but they can still help if your ancestors lived elsewhere, as they provide access to family history resources covering the whole of England and Wales.

They also have a comprehensive collection of general books on the subject of genealogy

The collection includes:


  • Censuses
  • Military Records
  • Electoral Registers
  • Newspapers
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Non-Conformist Registers
  • GRO Index of Birth, Marriages and Deaths
  • Parish Registers
  • IGI - International Genealogical Index (Mormon Index)
  • Trade Directories
  • Local Historical and Genealogical Societies
  • Wills

This is based on the ground floor of the Milton Keynes Central Library.

The National Archives

The National Archives has census records, family, local and Military history.

The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU

The General Register Office

The General Register Office holds birth, adoption, marriage, civil partnership and deaths records, some dating back to 1837. You can order certificates of these events, which hold clues to your family history

The General Register Office has produced a helpful guide on how to use its services to discover your family history. The guide provides a full introduction to family history research using birth, marriage and death certificates to piece together your family tree.

Contact details for the General Register Office (GRO), which oversees a local registration service to the public in England and Wales for civil marriage, births, deaths, stillbirths and adoption. From 1 April 2008, the General Register Office became part of the Identity and Passport Service

General Register Office Address Certificate Services Section

General Register Office

PO Box 2



Certificate Information line: 0845 603 7788

You can also order, for a fee, your ancestors' birth, death, marriage and adoption certificate online, from 1837 onwards.

The BBC Family History

Who Do You Think You Are? the BBC television series that has spurred the nation’s passion for genealogy traces the ancestry and reveals secrets and startling revelations from the past of celebrities from stage, screen and sport.

The BBC also has a comprehensive and informative website on family and regional history. There is lots of advice and help on how to get started tracing your family history.

Last Updated: 30 November 2017