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Family tree: guide to birth certificates

How to use the General Register Office to find birth certificates when researching your family tree and family history.


Guide to birth certificates

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This guide explains:

  • how to find your ancestors’ birth certificates
  • how much it costs to order a birth certificate
  • what information you’ll find on a birth certificate
  • how to order birth certificates online, by phone and by post

The guide also includes tips on what to do if you can’t find your ancestors in the General Register Office’s public index of every birth recorded in England and Wales since 1837.

Published 22 January 2016