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applying to a register office for a certificate

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JoyDean Report 20 Mar 2011 15:34

Thank you, Meg :-)


Madmeg Report 18 Mar 2011 22:11

WEll done Joy.

I still rate the local Register Office.

Little story to prove their worth. Lady I am helping at the moment has the original cert of her mother's marriage (you never get that from the GRO), with her signature. 1927, so she could write.

Only trouble was, her mother deserted the first husband, and married a further two times. My contact isn't at all sure about the further two marriages. She's got the certs from the GRO, but still isn't happy. Had she got the certs from the local Reg Office, she'd have been able to compare the signatures and see if we are right.



JoyDean Report 11 Nov 2010 22:48

Brought forward.


JoyDean Report 25 Mar 2010 11:49

- for new readers


Bobtanian Report 24 Jan 2010 01:22

I recently got a marriage cert from the gro, and the writing wasnt all that clear, i found out the actual registrar office and phoned them, and they confirmed/amended over the phone what I thought was written....
cheers, tower hamlets....


JoyDean Report 6 Nov 2009 10:59

given a nudge for new readers.


jillignite Report 20 Aug 2009 19:34

Having read this thread I thought I would try my luck with Derby Register Office. I sent them an email giving the year, quarter and name. I had a response from them within 24 hrs advising they had found the cert!( The GRO said it had been mistranscribed and could not be located.)
A big hug to Derby register office!!!


Madmeg Report 13 Aug 2009 21:46

I read today that some small churches had so few marriages that they have not yet filled up their first book of records, and they have never been submitted to the GRO.

Does anyone think that is true? Could it be why lots of us cannot find marriages of our ancestors and have assumed they never married?

How do we go about finding out?



Smiley Report 7 Apr 2009 19:10

That's good to know Kay, I have to get a Norwich birth so I will go local ;-)


JoyDean Report 7 Apr 2009 14:30

Jacki, you could try telephoning or emailing the register office.

I have learned nowadays to look at the register office's web site before applying for a certificate; recently, I had sent a cheque payable to the superintendent registrar and had to write another one made payable, instead, to the London Borough of Lambeth.

As a guide, look at this site -

With this particular register office, one can pay by credit or debit card if one wishes.


kay Report 7 Apr 2009 12:30

The Norwich Reg Office are really good..I always order from there


JoyDean Report 18 Mar 2009 22:20



JoyDean Report 19 Feb 2009 09:07

nudged again for Jennifer

Frances in Norwich

Frances in Norwich Report 13 Feb 2009 21:45

Just seen that the thread was nudged up from 2006!!
That is typical of me - always slow on the uptake, lol.


Frances in Norwich

Frances in Norwich Report 13 Feb 2009 21:43

Thanks for this tip. I usuall apply to the GRO but will try our local RO now.



JoyDean Report 13 Feb 2009 19:08



Giz Report 10 Feb 2009 17:39


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Glen In Tinsel Knickers Report 16 Sep 2008 14:46



Madmeg Report 9 Sep 2008 01:18

Somebody said the local office copies are handwritten and could include errors. Well some are, but some are photocopies of the original certificate and some are photocopies of a transcribed certificate. So it could be regarded as a bit of pot luck.

But the worst service I had was from the GRO who also don't necessarily send copies of original documents. For my Eli Downs, died in WW1, I got a GRO certificate saying his birth was registered in Hatfield. It should have been Hayfield. Several emails, and I got a replacement - still Hatfield. After a phone call I got a correct certificate, and a couple of weeks later ANOTHER correct certificate and my £7 refunded.




Madmeg Report 9 Sep 2008 01:09

Everyone, local register offices are fantastic. I sent a request for a birth to the Hoywell office and they searched, and searched, and searched, and sadly didn't find my John Davies, but I know that they tried, and it cost me nothing.