Civil Records: Births, Marriages & Deaths

General Register Office Indexes

UK Libraries

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The following libraries hold copies the General Register Office ("GRO") indexes of births, deaths and marriages ("BMD"). Please use this list only as a guide and if you are planning to visit a library on this list phone the library first to check the details are correct.

Norfolk Heritage Centre
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich NR2 1AW
Tel: 01603 774774
Mon to Fri 9am - 8pm; Sat 9am - 5pm
GRO BMD Indexes 1837 to 1992

Liverpool Record Office
Central Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EW
Tel: 0151 233 5817
Mon - Fri 9am to 6pm
Sat 9am to 5pm
Sun 12 noon to 4pm
GRO BMD Indexes 1837 to 1912\1926(?)

The Harris Library
Market Street, Preston, Lancashire PR1 2PP
Tel: 01772 532676
GRO BMD Indexes 1837 to 1983

St Helens Central Library
Gamble Institute, Victoria Square, St Helens, Merseyside WA10 1DY
Tel: 01744 456789
GRO BMD Indexes 1837 to 1940

Greater Manchester County Record Office
56 Marshall St, New Cross, Manchester M4 5FU
Tel: 0161 832 5284
GRO BMD Indexes 1837 to 2006

The Family History Centre LDS
Tweedale Street, Rochdale, Lancashire
Tel: 01706 526292
GRO BMD Indexes 1837 to ?

Newcastle Central Library
City Library, Charles Avison Building, 33 New Bridge St. West, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AX
Tel: 0191 277 4100
GRO BMD Indexes 1837 to 1983

Hull Central Reference Library
3rd Floor, Albion Street, Hull
Tel: 01482 210066 to book a microfiche reader
Mon to Sat: 09:30 to 15:30

Leeds Reference Library
3rd Floor, Central Library, Calverley Street, Leeds LS1 3AB
Tel: 0113-2478283 for bookings
8 readers available, 4 bookable in advance
St Catherine's Indexes 1837-1980

Billingham Family History Library
The Linkway, Billingham, Cleveland TS23 3HJ
Births and marriages 1837 to 1900 and deaths 1850 to 1900

Middlesbrough Central Library
Victoria Square, Middlesbrough, Cleveland TS1 2AY

Morpeth Records Centre (Northumberland RO)
The Kylins, Loansdean, Morpeth, Northumberland NE61 2EQ
St Catherine's Indexes for births, marriages and deaths 1837 to 1980

Northallerton Library
1 Thirsk Road, Northallerton, North Yorkshire
St Catherine's Indexes for births, marriages and deaths 1837 to 1957

South Shields Central Library
Prince George Square, South Shields, Tyne & Wear NE33 2PE
St Catherine's Indexes 1837-1865 on fiche and 1866-1925 on film

Sunderland Family History Centre
Queen Alexander Road, Sunderland SR2 9BT
St Catherine's Indexes on film:
Births 1837 to 1920
Marriages 1837 to 1924
Deaths 1866 to 1901

Birmingham Archives and Heritage Service
Central Library
Chamberlain Square
Birmingham B3 3HQ
email: archives.heritage@birmingham.gov.uk
Tel: 0121 303 4549
Monday to Friday: 09:00 to 20:00
Saturday: 09:00 to 17:00

To be able to request and consult archives you will need a County Archives Research Network ticket [CARN] - note that a Birmingham Libraries ticket is not acceptable for this purpose.

To obtain a CARN ticket Birmingham Archives and Heritage Service need to see proof of your identification. This should be an official document with your full name, printed address and signature, such as a driving licence. If you do not have a driving licence, you will need to bring two other documents:

  • one item with your signature
  • passport
  • cash / cheque card
  • credit card

Plus one item with your current printed address:

  • bank statement
  • gas, electric, water or telephone bill
  • medical card
  • council tax statement
  • social security book

You will need your CARN ticket every time you visit Birmingham Archives which can be used at all other offices in the County Archive Research Network. The ticket lasts for 4 years.

Certain categories of material which are unique, rare, valuable, fragile, or vulnerable to theft or damage and which were previously served in the Local Studies and History section are now made available in the new Secure Research Room on Floor 6 of Birmingham Central Library:

  • all photographs, slides, engraved portraits
  • special collections such as pre 1800 printed books, the Cotton, Loudon, Priestley collections and early directories and army lists
  • sales catalogues
  • trade catalogues and cards
  • bound newspapers
  • postcard collection
  • bound pamphlets
  • manuscript maps, rolled maps including railway plans and pre-1850 maps and atlases ephemera collection
  • certain parts of the Birmingham Collection including Aston Villa and Birmingham FC programmes, pre 1970 minutes, Birmingham Theatre playbills and posters, Sport and Play newspaper, The Dart, The Owl

If you require further assistance call 0121 303 4217 or e-mail

The Secure Research Room is open:
Tuesday and Wednesday: 10am - 5pm
Thursday: 10am - 8pm
Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm

Society of Genealogists
14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London EC1M 7BA
Tel: 0207 251 8799
St Catherine's Indexes to 1920
Located about 400 yards north of the Barbican (turn left out of Barbican tube)
Mon to Fri from 10:00 each day
Sat 10:00 to 18:00
The SoG has recently obtained the indices to the miscellaneous returns.

County Reference Library
Walton Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP20 1UU
Tel: 01296 382250
Fax: 01296 382405
St Catherine's Indexes 1837 - 1965
Open by appointment:
Mon to Fri 09:00 to 16:00
Tue 09:00 to 20:00

County Record Office
Bedford, Bedfordshire
Tel: 01234 350931
St Catherine's Indexes 1837 - 1965
Open by appointment:
Mon to Fri 09:00 to 17:00
Sat 09:00 to 16:00

Local Studies Library
Hertford, Hertfordshire
Tel: 01992 556624
St Catherine's Indexes 1837 - 1965
Open by appointment:
Mon to Fri 09:00 to 16:00
Sat 09:00 to 13:00

Cambridgeshire Public Records Office
Shire Hall, Cambridge
Tel: 01223 317281
Necessary to make a reservation and have a reader's ticket

Family History Centre
Church of Latter Day Saints, 670 Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge
Tel: 01223 247010
Limited opening hours include alternate Saturdays and Thursday evenings. The FHC also has Scottish GRO indexes on microfilm

Portsmouth Library
Portsmouth, Hampshire
St Catherine's Indexes to 1983 and Wills index.
Tel: 01705 819311 (ask for second floor to book a reader)
Mon to Fri 10:00 to 19:00
Sat 10:00 to 17:00

Family History Centre
Church of Latter Day Saints, Thirlestaine Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 7AS
Tel: 01242 523433
Mon to Fri 09:30 to 12:30
Tue, Wed and Fri 19:00 to 21:00
Occasional afternoons and Saturday mornings. It is essential to book well in advance
St Catherine's Indexes:
Births 1837 to 1957
Marriages 1837 to 1957
Deaths 1837 to 1959 (some gaps after 1908)

Berkshire Record Office
Shire Hall, Shinfield Park, Reading RG2 9XD
Tel: 0118 923 3182
St Catherine's Indexes from 1837 to 1994
Essential to book a microfiche reader in advance

Reading LDS Family History Centre
St Catherine's Indexes from 1837 to 1902

Nottingham FHS
Miss Leeds, 10 Lyme Terrace, West Bridgford, Nottingham
St Catherine's Indexes 1837 to 1925

Matlock Local Study Society
Matlock, Derbyshire
St Catherine's Indexes 1837 to 1945

Lincolnshire Archives
St Rumbolds Street (off Broadgate), Lincoln
Tel: 01522 526204 or 567137
St Catherine's Indexes 1837 to 1983
Essential to reserve a reader. Part of the CARN ticket network - photographs are not required.
Tue to Sat: 10:00 to 16:00

WALES

Flintshire Central Reference & Information Library
County Hall, Mold
Tel: 01352 704411
Older indexes are on microfilm and the library has only one reader which must be resreved in advance

Glamorgan Archives
Clos Parc Morgannwg, Leckwith,Cardiff CF11 8AW
Tel: (029) 2087 2200
Email: GlamRO@cardiff.gov.uk
Website: www.glamro.gov.uk
Booking advisable
St Catherine's Indexes on fiche 1837 to 1957

LDS Family History Centre
Heol y Deri, Rhiwbina, Cardiff
Tel: 01222 625342
Booking essential. St Catherine's Indexes 1837 to 1906 on microfilm

West Glamorgan Record Office
County Hall, Swansea SA1 3SN

Newport Central Library
John Frost Square, Newport, Gwent
Tel: 01633 211376
Booking advisable. St Catherine's Indexes 1837 to 1906 on fiche

The National Library of Wales
Aberystwyth
St Catherine's Indexes 1837 to 1993 on fiche

Notes:

  • Later death indexes give the date of birth of the deceased
  • Later marriage indexes identify surname of spouse

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