How to order a birth, marriage or death certificate
Once you've discovered when and where your ancestor was born, married or died by using findmypast.co.uk's birth, marriage and death records, you can order a certified copy of their birth, marriage or death certificate from the General Register Office (GRO).
This service is available both to UK and non-UK residents and covers births, marriages and deaths registered in England and Wales, as well as certain registrations overseas.
The easiest way to order a certificate is online through the GOV.UK website: www.gov.uk
When ordering certificates through the GOV.UK website, you will need to register a username and password different to those you use for findmypast.co.uk
Why order a certificate?
Birth, marriage and death certificates will give you lots of useful extra information to help you piece together your family tree. They can also prove that the birth, marriage or death record you've found at findmypast.co.uk is indeed that of your ancestor, rather than of another person with the same name.
The images on the right show you what a birth, marriage and death certificate ordered from the GRO looks like – click on each image to see a larger version.
How much do birth, marriage and death certificates cost?
The GRO charges £9.25 per certificate or £23.40 if you require a priority delivery service.
Full information about ordering a certificate from the GRO can be found at the GOV.UK website
How do I get in touch with the GRO?
The certificate ordering service is not connected to findmypast.co.uk. If you have any queries regarding certificates, please contact the GRO directly by email, telephone or post using the details below.
You can also order certificates from the GRO by contacting them in this way.
Telephone: +44 (0)300 123 1837
Address: Certificate Services Section
General Register Office
PO Box 2
Whose certificate can I order?
English and Welsh birth, marriage and death certificates are considered public records, so anyone can order a copy of them.
If you are enquiring about a more recent birth or death certificate (recorded within the last 50 years), the GRO will require more detailed information from you than for older certificates.
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