Corporate report

Events recorded in England and Wales and overseas

Updated 18 March 2016

1. Events recorded in England and Wales

Record held Explanation Dates
Birth and death records A record of all births and deaths recorded July 1837 to 6 months prior to the present date
Marriage records A record of all marriages recorded July 1837 to 18 months prior to the present date
Civil partnership records A record of all civil partnerships recorded 2005 to present date
Thomas Coram register A record of all children given into the care of the Foundling Hospital 1853 to 1948
Adopted children register A record of all adoptions granted by courts 1927 to present date
Still birth register A record of all still births recorded 1927 to present date
Parental order register A record of all births that have been re-registered on production of a court order where a child has been born via a surrogacy agreement 1994 to present date
Abandoned children register A record of all abandoned babies whose parentage is unknown 1977 to present date
Presumption of death register A records of all events recorded in the presumption of death register where a declaration has been issued by a court in England and Wales 2015 to present date
Gender recognition birth A record of all births re-registered following gender recognition where the original birth is held by GRO 2005 to present date
Gender recognition marriage/civil partnership A record of marriages and civil partnerships re-registered following gender recognition of one or both parties where the original entry is held at GRO 2015 to present date

2. Events recorded abroad

Record held Explanation Dates
Regimental records Records of births/baptisms, marriages and some deaths relating to British Army regiments 1761 to 1924
Chaplain returns Army chaplains’ records of baptisms, marriages and deaths 1796 to 1880
Ionian Islands records Births, marriages and deaths of the British Garrison on Corfu 1818 to 1864
Marine records Births and deaths at sea 1837 to present date
Consular records Births, marriages civil partnerships and deaths of British subjects registered at British Consulates 1849 to 12 months prior to the present date (birth, marriage and death)
2005 to present date (civil partnerships)
Army records Births, marriages and deaths of members of the British Army or their families, which took place abroad 1881 to 1965
War deaths Deaths of serving personnel during:  
  The Boer War 1899 to 1902
  World War 1 1914 to 1921
  World War 2 1939 to 1948
Aircraft records Births and deaths on board British registered aircraft 1947 to present date
Foreign marriage and civil partnership certificates Certificates deposited with the GRO 1948 to 2013 (marriages)
2005 to 2013 (civil partnerships)
High Commission records Births and deaths of British subjects registered at British High Commissions 1949 to present date
Armed forces records Births, marriages, civil partnerships and deaths of members of the British armed forces or their families 1965 to present date (birth, marriage and death)
2005 to present date (civil partnerships)
Installation deaths Deaths of workers on British oil and gas rigs 1971 to present date
Hovercraft records Births and deaths on British registered hovercrafts 1972 to present date

3. How to order a copy of a birth, death or marriage certificate

For help with certificates and ordering contact certificate.services@gro.gsi.gov.uk or order a copy of a birth, death or marriage certificate online.