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Searching GRONI records

To search the General Register Office (GRONI) records online or in the GRONI public search, you must register for an account and select the civil registration type you want to search. You can register for an account when you first access the service online or when you visit the public search room.

You need a minimum of one credit in your account before you can search the records


What do I need to search the records?

Before you search the records you need to register for an account and buy some credits. A credit costs £0.40. You can hold up to a maximum of 200 credits. You use credits when you request enhanced or full searches of the records.

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How to search

To search the records, you must enter at least a surname combined with a date which can be:

  • the exact date of event
  • a year
  • a range of years (up to a maximum of five)

This is the minimum amount of information you will need to search the records.

You can add other information to refine your search. The civil registration types are:

  • births
  • deaths
  • marriages
  • civil partnerships
  • adoptions
  • World War II deaths

The information which you can use to search is shown below for each civil registration type:

Births

  • child's surname
  • child's first forename
  • child's date of birth, year of birth or birth range
  • Sex of child
  • mother's maiden surname
  • registration district
  • registration subdistrict

Deaths

  • deceased's surname
  • deceased's first forename
  • Sex of deceased
  • deceased's date of birth
  • deceased's date of death, year of death or year of death range
  • registration district
  • registration subdistrict

Registration districts when searching birth or death records

When you search for a birth or death record before 1 October 1973 you have the option to search by subdistrict. The subdistrict option is not available after this date because local government boundaries changed. From 1 October 1973 council districts are the only districts available for searching.

Marriages (you can only search by one spouse)

  • bride or groom's surname
  • bride or groom's first forename
  • date of marriage, year of marriage or year of marriage range
  • registration district

Civil Partnerships (you can only search by one partner)

  • surname of partner one or surname of partner two
  • first forename of partner one or first forename of partner two
  • date of civil partnership, year of civil partnership or year of civil partnership range
  • district of civil partnership

Adoptions

  • child's surname
  • child's first forename
  • sex of child
  • child's date of birth, year of birth or year of birth range

World War II deaths

  • deceased's surname
  • deceased's first forename
  • deceased's date of death, year of death or year of death range

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