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Family tree: guide to death certificates

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


Guide to death certificates

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This guide explains:

  • how to find your ancestors’ death certificates
  • how much it costs to order a death certificate
  • what information you’ll find on a death certificate
  • how to order death certificates online, by phone or by post
  • information about PDF records

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 death recorded in England and Wales since 1837.

Published 22 January 2016
Last updated 16 February 2019 + show all updates
  1. New death certificate leaflet added.
  2. First published.