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Official government birth records

Civil birth records have been registered by the British government since 1837. All birth records on Findmypast are fully name-indexed, which makes finding your family quick and simple. Birth records are essential for building your family tree. They reveal where and when your ancestor was born, as well as their parents' names. Found the record you're looking for? Order a copy of the original birth certificate from the General Register Office to discover even more.

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Church parish baptism records

Parish registers were first introduced in Britain in 1538. Details of family milestones, like baptisms, banns, marriages and burials, are hidden in handwritten volumes, digitised and published on Findmypast. Like birth records, parish baptism registers can reveal your ancestor's birth date, where they were born and who their parents were. What's more, the power of parish records could help you take your family story all the way back to medieval times.

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Church or government birth record?

Civil records began in 1837 while parish registers can date back to 1538.

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