What is a death certificate?
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- A death certificate gives you details that have been registered in the official register of deaths. In England and Wales, registering a death has been a legal requirement since 1st July 1837, although penalties for non-registration were not introduced until 1875. The registration service is run by the General Register Office
- The General Register Office has a collection of guides for researching your family tree including one on Death Certificates
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