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General Register Office (GRO)

These are indexes of all registered births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales since 1837. We hold indexes up to 1960 on microfiche, and we also subscribe to ancestry.co.uk. Each of the three series is divided into quarter of a year, and arranged alphabetically within each quarter. The index gives enough information to apply for a certificate. We do not hold any certificates. These are held by local Register Offices, and also by the General Register Office.

Some points to note:

  • Births: there was no penalty for non-registration until 1874. From 1911 mother's maiden name is given in the index.

  • Marriages: from 1912 name of spouse is given beside the one indexed.

  • Deaths: from 1866 age of deceased is given in the index.

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