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Events recorded in England, Wales and overseas

The types of events recorded in England, Wales and overseas, which are held by the General Register Office.



This is a list of the types of events that are recorded in England, Wales and overseas for which the General Register Office holds records. It also gives the dates for which the records are held.

Records for England and Wales include:

  • birth and death records
  • marriage and civil partnership records
  • Thomas Coram register
  • adopted children register
  • still birth register
  • parental order register
  • abandoned children register
  • presumption of death register
  • gender recognition

Overseas records include:

  • regimental records
  • chaplain returns
  • Ionian Islands records
  • marine records
  • consular records
  • army records
  • war deaths
  • aircraft records
  • foreign marriage and civil partnership certificates
  • High Commission records
  • armed forces records
  • installation deaths
  • hovercraft records
Published 19 June 2013
Last updated 18 March 2016 + show all updates
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