All of these records are completely name searchable. For vital records before , we have the Parish Registers, where you can find UK parish baptism, marriage and burial records. Early births, marriages, and deaths in the United States were sometimes recorded in register books until the early s, when producing certificates became more common.
Every state eventually developed its own laws and established a statewide registration system. They include birth certificates, death records, marriage licenses, divorce decrees, naturalization records, adoption records, and land records from every state, territory, and county.
Accept all cookies. Set cookie preferences. Home Births, deaths, marriages and care Certificates, register offices, changes of name or gender. One method is to search for a bride and groom with the same year, quarter and place of marriage and registration numbers. Alternatively, FreeBMD does the hard work for you, automatically locating those names with matching registration details. English and Welsh death certificates are not as informative as birth and marriage certificates but can still be helpful, particularly for researching older generations born before July The informant was usually a relative and their details can be useful for confirming suspected links in your tree.
Birth, marriage and death certificates also provide home addresses, which might help to locate your family in other records like electoral registers. Although civil registration was not introduced to Scotland until 1st January , the statutory records are more detailed than their English and Welsh counterparts.
Furthermore, full scanned images can be instantly downloaded online for births in —, marriages in — and deaths in — In Ireland, civil registration began on 1st January , though non-Catholic marriages were registered from April Census forms were completed by each household on a specific night every 10 years from , however the eight returns from are the most detailed that are available to search on a national level.
There is a year closure ruling on the census, so the returns were most recently opened to the public. The returns from to have been scanned and indexed by name online, providing a snapshot of the household at each property on a particular evening. The original forms were collected and transcribed by an enumerator, and bound into books, arranged geographically by district.
The arrangement reflects the route the enumerator took as he did his rounds collecting completed forms. In theory, even if your ancestors were prisoners, asylum inmates or fairground workers living in a caravan, they should have been included. The first census taken on 10 March during the Napoleonic Wars was intended to gather statistical information to manage increasing demand for food and gauge how many men were of military age.
The census was the first to systematically list the names of everyone in the country and is the earliest nationwide collection that remains largely intact.