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Civil Records

The Civil Records, often referred to as the 'Vital Records' were introduced in 1837 at the beginning of Queen Victoria's reign.
They consist of Birth, Marriage and Death registrations.
The general registration of births, marriages and deaths started in 1837. A central copy of all registrations is held by the General Register Office (GRO) and a central index is held at the Family Records Centre (FRC) in London. Local Offices hold records of, and indexes to, events registered in their area since 1837.
For recent events registered within the last 18 months, applications for certificates should be made to the Register Office where the birth, death or marriage took place. The original registration records are not open to the public but you can get copies of the entries of events registered in England and Wales in the form of a birth certificate, a marriage certificate or a death certificate.

The certificate archive.