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Indexed Death Records

These are our indexed death records for England and Wales. The deaths were first recorded in July 1837 and this index ranges from that date up to 2006. They have been indexed which means it is easy to search for the death of your relative by simply entering their name and the year of their death. You can search up to ten years either side of that year and you can narrow it down by place too. Try entering either the town or the county where your relative was living at the time of their death.

The index has divided the year in to four quarters – January to March, April to June, July to September and October to December. The record you see is the quarter that the death was registered in, not when it actually occurred.

After 1984 deaths were record individually so no index image is available.

We have found the author Charles Dickens in our death records. He died at home in Kent in 1870.

Search indexed deaths 1837 to 2006

Free Death Records

These are our non-indexed death records from July 1837 to 2005. You can search for the death of your relative by simply entering their name and the year they were born. You can search up to ten years either side of that year.

The index has divided the year in to four quarters – January to March, April to June, July to September and October to December. It is an index of when the event was registered and not when it occurred.

As these records are not indexed you will have to search each one to find the name you are looking for.

Overseas & Military Deaths 1761 to 1994

These are our overseas & Military Deaths from 1761 to 1994. There are several records sets in this collection. In the search box to the left you can narrow down your search to a specific record set.

Please note that the certificates you order may not always be as detailed as the certificates recording these events in England and Wales as these events were recorded in other countries.

Search overseas & military births 1761 to 1994

Overseas & Military Deaths 1995 to 2005

These are our overseas & Military Deaths from 1995 to 2005. These records have been indexed. You can see both a transcript of the death record and copy of the image. It is always a good idea to check the image in case the details haven't been correctly transcribed.

Search overseas & military births 1995 to 2005

World War 1 Death Records

These are our death records of soldiers who died in World War 1. The records have been indexed so you will see a transcription of the death record and you can also see a copy of the death index page.

You can search by forename and surname. You can broaden your search by searching for the surname only.

Once you have found the death you are looking for you can order a copy of the death certificate from the General Register Office using the volume and page number, the district and the year, which you'll find in our records.

Search World War 1 death records

World War 2 Death Records

These are our death records of soldiers who died in World War 2. The records have been indexed so you will see a transcription of the death record and you can also see a copy of the death index page.

You can search by forename and surname. You can broaden your search by searching for the surname only.

Once you have found the death you are looking for you can order a copy of the death certificate from the General Register Office using the volume and page number, the district and the year, which you'll find in our records.

Search World War 2 death records