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Visiting the Records Office

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Lynne From Up North !!

Lynne From Up North !! Report 27 Feb 2013 11:47

Quick Question - If I was to visit a Records Office to find a death, would I be able to see a copy of the register where it was recorded?



Andrew Report 27 Feb 2013 12:19

When and where was the death?

Its unlikely that you can see the actual death register. RO hold copies of parish records. If the death happened at a workhouse they may hold those records. You may also find copies of any inquest and reports in local newspapers.

You could contact the RO in the area and ask what records they do hold.



Kuros Report 27 Feb 2013 12:33

You would not see a death record without buying the certificate. Record offices do not hold these records, they are be found in register offices. Register office staff can be very helpful but are unlikely to disclose any information that has to be paid for. As Andy said, you may be able to find parish records in record offices, although there are very few non-conformist records about. A parish record would not give you all the information found on a certificate.

By the way, only ever buy certificates from the GRO or a record office. There are other firms that sell them but they charge extortionate prices.


InspectorGreenPen Report 27 Feb 2013 13:16

A Records Office is not the same thing as a Register Office.

A Record Office holds various archive documents, for example, photographs, council minutes, school records, local family history resources and ecclesiastical records which could include church and parish records of baptisms, marriages and burials.

The information held at each location varies widely and you are advised to check what is held before arranging a visit.

On the other hand the Register Office holds Birth Marriage and Death registrations, which as stated, are only available by purchasing the relevant certificate.


Kuros Report 27 Feb 2013 16:54

Something else is worth mentioning. If you intend to visit a record office check first on their requirements. Most are online now. You need to take proof of identity for most of them and one I visited asked for two passport-sized photographs for a readers' ticket which you needed to go in. You only usually need to show proof of identity the first time you visit.


Lynne From Up North !!

Lynne From Up North !! Report 27 Feb 2013 17:38

Thank you all for your responses.