Wales Civil Deaths - What else you can try
This page will give you additional guidance and resources to find civil death information for your ancestor. Use this page after first completing the Wales Civil Registration page. If researching before 1864, see the Wales Guided Research page.
Additional Databases and Online Resources
- 1837-2007: England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007 at FamilySearch
- 1837-2007: England & Wales Deaths 1837-2007 at FindMyPast ($)
- 1837-1917: Search the GRO historical birth and death indexes at General Register Office (free to search, login required) - death index lists age at death
Substitute records may contain information about more than one event and are used when records for an event are not available. Records that are used to substitute for death events may not have been created at the time of the death. The accuracy of the record is contingent upon when the information was recorded. Search for information in multiple substitute records to confirm the accuracy of these records.
|Use these substitute records to locate death information about your ancestor:|
|Why to search the records|
|By 1851, 20% of the Welsh population belonged to the Church of England. Burial records provide the deceased's name, burial date, and, occasionally, relation. Go to Wales Church of England Guided Research and choose a county.|
|By 1851, 80% of the Welsh population was nonconformist. Burial records provide the deceased's name, burial date, and, occasionally, relation. Go to Wales Nonconformist Guided Research and search for death information.|
|Wills and probate list death date and place.|
|Cemetery records may indicate the birth date or age at death, allowing the researcher to calculate approximate birth year.|
|May contain death notices, especially beginning in the 1800s.|
|Military records, after 1707, may include any death information for servicemen who died in service.|
Tips for finding deaths
Successfully finding death records in online databases depends on a few key points. Try the following search suggestions:
- Add information. For common names, add more information to narrow the search such as approximate birth date or parent's names if known.
- Spelling variations. Your ancestor's name may be misspelled. Search with spelling variations for the first and last name of your ancestor.
- Search given name. Search by given name (leave out the last name) with the approximate date of birth or death.
- Know county. Because of the abundance of common names, knowing the county is important to narrow down the search. See Finding the Wales County or Parish of Origin to learn how.
- Date range. Expand the date range of the search by 5 years.
Why the Record May Not Exist
Mandatory death registration started in 1837. However, universal compliance did not occur until 1866. Before 1837, deaths and burials can be found in church records (mainly nonconformist records). Although the oldest burial records date to 1538, most churches did not start recording burials until the 1600s.
Civil registration records are generally complete.