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Birth, marriage & death records

Birth, marriage and death records provide the crucial places and dates for your family tree, and often also reveal further generations. The key records are the official indexes, which let you order your ancestors’ certificates.

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Overseas BMD Records1730-1968

Explore three new collections of birth, marriage and death registers and discover fascinating details of family members who lived, served or travelled abroad. Together the records span more than 200 years – covering the time when the British Empire was at its height - and will help you locate people missing from the civil Birth, Marriage and Death indexes.

Divorce Records1858-1914

These Divorce Records are a great place to trace your ancestors, from the end of the Great Depression up to the First World War, and discover the next chapter in their story. Pin down key information such as married and maiden names, addresses, names of witnesses and important dates.

Browse through thousands of documents detailing the reasons for divorce, from separation agreements to salacious stories of adultery. We’ve just added 7,500 more records from 1912-1913, giving you first-hand accounts of ‘The Great Unrest’, a period which saw massive changes in the UK class system.

New Caribbean Records1590-1928

This vast new collection of Caribbean records is an essential for anyone looking for ancestors from the area. These records dating from 1590-1928, are a rich source of information for your tree.

Search more than two million births, baptisms, marriages, burials and deaths to find more relatives to add to your tree.

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Birth, Marriage and Death
Indexes1837-2005

These are by far the most important birth, marriage and death records, and make it much easier to pinpoint your relatives after 1837. They include every vital event registered all over England and Wales, right up to 2005.

The indexes themselves provide a full name, registration district and the year and quarter when the event was registered. However, they also give you everything you need to order the full certificates, which reveal exact dates and places plus parents’ names.

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Irish Births, Marriages and
Deaths1825-1978

Birth, marriage and death records are the basic building blocks of anybody’s family tree. Construct your Irish lines quickly and easily with our Irish Birth, Marriage, and Death Indexes, 1825-1978.

These 22 million records cover the period of the destroyed Irish censuses, so they can help you fill in frustrating gaps in your discoveries. Indexes from Northern Ireland are included up to 1922.

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