GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE CERTIFICATES
From 1 July 1837 the state took responsibility for the registration of all births, marriages, and deaths in England and Wales. Each local register office holds records of every birth, marriage and death which has taken place within their district and can provide copies of entries, in the form of a certificate, on request. A central index is held at the Family Records Centre in Kew where you can go in person or the GRO in Southport which will provide copies on postal, phone or online application.
Births - From September 1911, the mother's maiden name is included in the index
Marriages - Husband's and wife's names are not cross-referenced in the earlier indexes. It is necessary to look up both husband's and wife's names separately in the indexes and check that the reference number is the same, to be sure that you have found the correct marriage. From March 1912, the surname of the spouse is included i.e. when you look up the husband's name, you will also find the wife's maiden name.
Deaths - Early death indexes - those from July 1837 to March 1866 - record the name of the deceased only. Indexes from March 1866 to March 1969 also give the deceased's age at death, and indexes from March 1969 also give the date of birth, if it was known by the informant who registered the death.
The birth, marriage, and death certificates displayed on this website are produced by the GRO and provided in compliance with Crown copyright protection.
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