England and Wales, Death Registration Index - FamilySearch Historical Records
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England and Wales, Death Registration Index 1837-2007
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- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
The collection consists of an index to deaths registered in England and Wales beginning 1 July 1837 through 2007. The index is arranged in volumes by years with the entries listed alphabetically. These indexes can be used to order a copy of the actual certificate. Index courtesy of Findmypast.com.
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What Can These Records Tell Me[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- Surname and given name
- Age at time of death (beginning in 1866)
- Year, quarter, volume and page number
- Line and event number
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
Sample of an indexed record:
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of the deceased
- Approximate date of death
If you do not know what registration district you need, find your location in: UK BMD Registration Districts In England and Wales.
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- Use the information in the index to obtain a copy of the death certificate from the appropriate registration district
- Copies of certificates can be obtained through the General Register Office for a fee
- Use the name of the deceased and the death place to locate the family in census and church records
- If an age is listed, estimate a birth year and search for a birth certificate or baptism record
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Events are filed by the date registered, not the date they occurred (for example, a death on 20 March which was registered on 6 April will be in the April-May-June quarter)
- Indexes were prepared by hand and may contain copying errors (for example, "T" for "F") or omissions
- Persons with common names may be difficult to identify in the index
- Some deaths were registered as "unknown"
- Look for variant spellings of the names. Surnames are often found under unexpected spellings
- You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names
- A person may have been registered under a different name than he or she used later in life
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in England.
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Wales.
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.