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Birth, Death and Family History Searches


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We wish you every success in tracing your family tree, we know it can be a long and time-consuming process. The borders of counties and registration districts have changed many times, making it difficult sometimes to trace the record you require.
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If you are in any doubt where to send your certificate applications, please contact your local Register Office for advice. Birth, marriage and death certificate application forms are available below for you to download, complete and post with the relevant fee.

If you are unsure of any of the information on the form, please include as many details as you can. Index references that you may have found in your research (e.g. Vol & Qtr. Details) do not usually apply to locally held records but can still help in identifying a register entry.

Marriage records can be particularly difficult to trace, so if you are not sure of the place of marriage, please give any known addresses at the time and fathers' details.

General Searches

Register Offices do not have the resources to undertake searches of an indefinite or protracted nature. Usually a search in the indexes covering a period not exceeding 5 years will be made, but only where accurate details have been given. If a wider search is required it is necessary for the applicant or someone on his/her behalf to make a General Search in the indexes.

By arrangement with the Superintendent Registrar, and payment of the appropriate fee, a person may have access to the indexes of births, marriages and deaths (but not to the registers themselves) for up to six hours.

A certificate of any entry identified may be obtained on completion of an application form and payment of the appropriate fee.

To download a Birth, Death or Marriage Certificate Application form, please click on the attachments below. 

North Wales Births, Marriages and Deaths

Although enquiries for birth death and marriage certificates can be dealt with at the local Register Office, you may wish to view indexes and obtain reference numbers yourself. This can be done through a growing number of websites. North Wales BMD website was launched in August 2003 and contains - although not yet complete - Birth, Marriage and Death indexes from 1837 to 1950 for the North Wales area. Researchers can make use of the search techniques in the website to identify the names they are looking for, and obtain reference numbers from which the Registrars can supply the birth, marriage and death certificates. Click on the link below to access the site.

Application for a Birth Certificate

Application for a Death Certificate

Application for a Marriage Certificate

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