After exhausting family members' memories and papers and photographs with your questions then go to
:-Registration Services - Certificate Ordering Service
The General Register Office holds a central copy of all registrations for England and Wales updated every three months..Local Register Offices hold the original records of births, deáths and marriages registered in their area. UKBMD - Births, Marriages, Deaths Indexes for the UK, On-Line
before 1875 not all births are registered.help with Ordering Birth Registration Certificates from England and Wales
a partial online index FreeBMD Home PageFreeBMD - Civil Registration
The mirror site Ancestry.co.uk - England and Wales, Civil Registration Index
if that fails then try 1837online
pay per view of images of the so called St Cath's index (which used to be at St Catherine's House London)Google Search: 1837onlineTheir index is of only of the first and last surname on each image
I prefer to go to a good central library and use the fiche.
On 1 July 1837 a civil registration system for births, marriages and deaths was introduced in England and Wales.
Registration was undertaken by civil registrars who reported to the Registrar General at the General Register Office (GRO) in London, now part of the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Copies of anyone's birth, marriage or death certificates can be obtained by the public.
They are vital to family historians because of the genealogical information that they include." (Mark D. Herber, Ancestral Trails
, Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1998)
Since the original birth, marriage and death registers are not open to the public, getting access to the information on one of these certificates is done by first searching the national birth, marriage and death indexes, that have been created by the GRO for this purpose.
The indexes for the three events are each divided into quarterly volumes, with the names for each quarter listed alphabetically. Once an entry in one of the indexes is found, you are then able to use that information to order of certified copy of a death, marriage or birth certificate from the GRO/ONS.
The other information that can be obtained from the index include: year, record type, quarter (referred to by the last month of the quarter: March, June, September, and December), district (each county in England and Wales was divided up into registration districts), volume, and page number. Note: names were entered into the volume of the quarter in which notification of the event was received, not necessarily the quarter in which the event actually occurred.
from 1901 to 1861 (LATER to 1851 AND then to 1841) you need a subscription to Ancestry.co.uk - Genealogy and Family History Records
and with a fast internet connection is best.
DO GET TO KNOW GENUKI: UK & Ireland Genealogy
an online encyclopedia and the
premiere site for research for UK genealogy