Family History Research

The formal registering of births, deaths and marriages began in 1837. Entries from this date are available from the Register Office where the event was registered.

For copy certificates relating to births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships, which have taken place in Milton Keynes, you can apply online.

If you are unable to use our online ordering service you can write to us including the following information:

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 parents' full 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 date and place of marriage
  • The full names of the parties married
  • Fathers' names if known

You will need to state the reason for your application, provide your full name and a contact number and sign the letter. Then send this to us along with a cheque or postal order made payable to "Milton Keynes Council" for the full fee in a stamped addressed envelope.  Please remember we can only assist with events that took place in Milton Keynes.

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


Last Updated: 31 December 2019