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How do I obtain a copy of a death certificate?

Local and family history A-Z > Births, marriages and deaths > Civil registration > Death certificates

Ordering a certificate for a death registered in England and Wales

for deaths before 1st January 1900 you need to supply the full GRO index reference;

for deaths between 1st January 1900 and 18 months before the present date, you need to supply the GRO index reference or the exact date of the death

  • Alternatively, you can order a certificate from the register office at which the death was registered, if you know which it was. For contact details and web sites of all register offices, see Register Offices

How do I find GRO index references?

  • The GRO index references are given in the deaths index. For each death entry, the GRO index reference consists of the details given in the volume and page columns of the index

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