General Register Office indexes
What are GRO indexes?
Every birth, adoption, marriage, civil partnership or death registered in England or Wales has a General Register Office (GRO) index reference. It usually consists of the year, volume number, page number and district in which the event was registered.
If you need to order a copy of a birth, marriage or death certificate, the GRO may require an index reference.
Accessing GRO indexes at Westminster City Archives
City of Westminster Archives Centre provides access to the General Register Office's published indexes of births, marriages and deaths on microfiche. Some early indexes can be searched online via FreeBMD. Visitors to City of Westminster Archives Centre can also search all apart from the most recent indexes through our subscription to Ancestry and FindMyPast on the Westminster Libraries' Family History page.
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UK Adoption Records
We hold the indexes to adopted children 1927-2011. For further information, the Government website has helpful pages on tracing birth relatives.
These start earlier, as they contain many regimental and army chaplains' returns. Deaths include war deaths 1914-21 and 1939-48.
Please note that we do not have copies of the certificates. Once you have found the index reference for the certificate you require, you must order the certificate direct from the General Register Office. Alternatively, if you are looking for copies of Westminster, Paddington or St Marylebone birth, marriage or death certificates from 1837, use this link to visit the Westminster Register Office. Please note that in order to locate marriage certificates the Register Office also requires the name of the building in which the ceremony took place.
Accessing GRO indexes at other record offices and public libraries
If you are not local to Westminster, you may find that there is an index set available at a nearby local history centre or record office. Please click here for a list of holders of the GRO indexes. Most public library services in the UK provide free access to the indexes via an online database subscription. Please contact your local library service for details.
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