General Register Office guides to researching your family tree

These guides explain how to use the General Register Office when researching your family tree and family history.

These guides explain:

  • how you can order birth, death and marriage certificates
  • how you can use these in your ancestry search
  • what information you’ll find on the certificates
  • what to do if you can’t find a certificate in the General Register Office’s public index of births, marriages and deaths recorded in England and Wales since 1837


  1. Discover your family history
  2. Family tree: guide to birth certificates
  3. Family tree: guide to marriage certificates
  4. Family tree: guide to death certificates
Published 22 January 2016