Public Records

Accessing public records in the UK using the General Register Office
The popularity of genealogy has made historical searches in the UK very popular. Many people are searching their lineage back as far as they can to get a deeper understanding of who their ancestors were. Many individuals want to know about their roots.

The United Kingdom has implemented several ways for individuals to research their linage. They have made it easier to find information by making as much of it as possible available via the World Wide Web.

The National Archives is a government office that is responsible for over 1,000 years of records for England, Wales and the United Kingdom. Their website is http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/default.htm. Their physical address is Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU. If you are unable to locate the information you need or want to see the original documents visit their offices. They also have information available on microfiche and microfilm. They have a wealth of information available and are a great starting place for researching events and places important to your history.

The most complete information available for obtaining many public records will found through the General Register Office. The website is http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/. They maintain the national archive of all births, marriages and deaths. Through this public office you will find information on births, adoptions, deaths, family history records, marriages and civil partnerships plus much more. They can be further contacted through the Certificate Services Section at General Register Office, P.O. Box 2, Southport, Merseyside PR8 2JD. The telephone and hours of operations are +44 (0) 845-603-7788 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) fax: +44 (0) 170-455-0013. They can be contacted via email at certificate.services@ons.gsi.gov.uk. Include a subject line entitled “GQ” if you do not wish to receive an automated response via the website instructions.

On the General Register Office’s website there are several other websites that individuals will find useful. One such website is the Gov.UK site. This site has a mountain of information to aid in many types of searches. Certificates of many kinds including birth, death, marriage and civil partnerships can be ordered from the Gov.UK site as well as the General Register Office site.

The UK government has made it easy and convenient to research and apply for many documents. The websites are easy to navigate and contact information is supplied if there are any questions. Genealogist whether professional or amateur will find many useful features and available information on these websites to aid in their searches.

Title description: Searching information for your family tree has become easy with the websites made available by the UK government. Whether you wish to do online research or physical examination of useful documents the General Register Office website will aid you in the journey.

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