Order a certificate

Finding the appropriate record

To order a certificate, you will first need to find the appropriate record.

You can use our online register search to find birth, death and marriage records from 1837-2008. However not all our records are searchable.

If you cannot find the record you're looking for you can make an enquiry.

To find a record from a birth or death register you need to provide:

  • Where and when the birth or death occurred
  • Full name of the person

You can also provide further supporting information, for example the parents' names for a birth, and the age and occupation for a death. This will help the registrars to find the correct record where there are two or more possible entries for the same name.

To find a record from a marriage register you need to provide:

  • Name of the church, chapel or register office
  • Date of the wedding
  • Name of one or both parties who were married

Remember that, where a church or chapel has its own marriage register it is only deposited with the Register Office after it has been completed which can take many years. Otherwise, you will need to contact the person responsible for the registers at the appropriate church or chapel to obtain a copy.