Birth Records

UK Birth Records Search Procedure

In the UK, birth records are compiled by the General Register office (GRO). The General Register office houses all birth, marriage, and death records in England and Wales dated in or after 1837. It also houses birth certificates that were recorded overseas. If you are searching for births before 1837 then they are located in parish registers in local archives.

When beginning the search for birth records, there is important information that you must first obtain. You don’t necessarily need all of the information, but the more you have, the better your chance of finding what you are looking for. You want to make sure that you have the person’s name and name of their parents, their spouse, or their next of kin. You then would need to know the approximate date of birth and the district where the birth most likely took place.

The records that you are looking for may be located online in a private database. For sake of convenience, we have found that most people will first check for the records in online private databases before dealing with the hassle of ordering the records from the GRO. Our sponsors, with the search box on the right hand side of the page, are an example of a private database that may have the birth records that you are looking for.

If you place an order with the General Register Office, there are several ways to do so; the first option being to do so online. You will need all necessary information in order to register on the department’s website and then place your order and make your payment.

Ordering birth records over the phone is also a possible solution. The department at the GRO has staff on duty Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm and on Saturday from 9am to 4pm to assist you with your order. They are even able to process a payment with a debit or credit card over the phone.

One more option is to order the birth records via mail. You can send the General Register Office a message to certificate.services@ips.gsi.gov.uk to request an application form. In order to receive a personal response you must place “GQ” in the subject of your email. Once you have completed the form you will need to mail it to PO Box 2, Southport, Merseyside PR8 2JD. With the form you must include payment in the form of a check, postal order, or your credit card details.

In addition to ordering records from the General Register office you may also obtain birth records from the Local Register Office where the birth took place by post or in person.

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