Burial Records and Death Records in the UK
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Burial and Death Records in the UK

A death record is a certificate that states the date and place an individual died. These records are available from 1837 onwards as published by the GRO. You can also order a copy of a death certificate if you need to, which can show you more information about the death.

Finding Death Records

Death records can be found at BMDindex.co.uk, which you can access via TheGenealogist. 'BMD' stands for Births, Marriages & Deaths records kept by the General Register Office (GRO) of England & Wales, part of the National Office of Statistics (NOS). These records have been kept by law since 1837, detailing every birth, marriage and death recorded in England & Wales since that date.

Information you can find on a death record is as follows:

  • Full Name of deceased
  • Date of Birth (before 1969 the age was recorded, not the DOB)
  • Date of registration
  • Registration district
  • Volume number and Page number

For records before 1837, you will have to look at Burial Records.

Death Certificates

If you want more information, then you can order a full death certifictate. For more information, click here.


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