City Library holds the most recent General Register Office Indexes, an essential tool for family history research. The indexes cover all civilly registered life events such as births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships. We also have the adoption index and overseas life events. The indexes are in fiche format and can be viewed on level 6 of City Library on the fiche machines.

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A PDF format leaflet is also available. Download the GRO Indexes leaflet (PDF, 265KB). 

England and Wales births

1837 - 1983

This is a quarterly index with an alphabetical list of birth registrations in order of surname and forename together with the mother's maiden name (from September quarter 1911) and an index reference showing details of the registration district, volume number and page number.

1984 - Sep 2016

This is an annual index with an alphabetical list of birth registrations in order of surname and forename together with the mother's maiden surname and an index reference showing details of the registration district name and number, register number, entry number in that particular register and the month of registration.

England and Wales deaths

1837 -1983

This is a quarterly index with an alphabetical list of death registrations in order of surname and forename together with the age at death (from March quarter 1866) and an index reference showing details of the registration district, volume number and page number.

1984 - Sep 2016

This is an annual Index with an alphabetical list of death registrations in order of surname and forename together with the date of birth of the deceased and an index reference showing details of the registration district name and number, register number, entry number in that register and the month of registration.

England and Wales marriages

1837 - 1983

This is a quarterly index with an alphabetical list of marriage registrations in order of surname and forename together with the surname of the other party to the marriage (from March quarter 1912) and an index reference showing details of the registration district, volume number and page number.

1984 - 2014

This is an annual index comprising of an alphabetical list of marriage registrations in order of surname and forename together with the surname of the other party to the marriage and an index reference showing details of the registration district name and number, month of registration, page number, entry number and source code which provides the link to the open marriage register.

The indexes for the following events vary in format. In each case they provide a minimum of a surname and forename together with a year and place of the event and an index reference number.

Overseas birth records

1761 - 2013

The records for these events are of Regimental records, Ionian Island records, Marine records, Army records, Air Records, Consular records and High Commission records.

Overseas deaths records

1761 to 2013

The records for these events are of Regimental Records, Ionian Island Records, Marine Records, Army Records, Natal and South African Forces, Service Dept Records, War Deaths by service and rank, Air Records, Consular Records and High Commission Records.

Overseas marriage records

1761 - 2013

The records for these events are of Army Records, Article 6 and Article 18 Marriages, Ionian Island Records, Service Dept Records, Consular Records and High Commission Records.

Adopted children's index

1927 to 1969

This index is partly in blocks of years (1927 - 1946, 1947 - 1951) and thereafter annual and with an alphabetical list of adopted persons in order of surname and forename and an index reference showing details of the year of birth (from1947), the date of entry, entry number and volume number.

Adopted children's index

1970 - 2015

This is a combined index covering all adoption registrations between 1970 and 2009 in order of the year of birth. This is followed by an alphabetical list in order of surname, together with the forename of the adopted person of aged 18 years or over. there is also an index reference showing details of volume number and entry number.

England and Wales civil partnerships

December 2005 - December 2015

This is a combined index covering all civil partnership registrations between December 2005 and December 2008.  The index is an alphabetical list in order of surname and forenames, together with the details of the partners surname and forenames. There is also an index reference showing details of the year of formation, registration authority and registration entry number.

Overseas civil partnerships

December 2005 to December 2014

This is a combined index covering all civil partnership registrations between December 2005 and December 2008. The index is an alphabetical list in order of surname and forenames, together with the details of the partners surname and forenames. There is also an index reference showing details of the year of registration, post name (city or country) and type (forces, high commission or consular) and page number.

We also have provisional indexes for births and deaths for 2010/11.

Applying for certificates

Full details about how to order certificates for births, marriages, civil partnerships and deaths for England and Wales and overseas can be found on the General Register Office website. Full details about adoption records can also be found here. Visit the General Register Office website.

Certificates for events which happened in Newcastle upon Tyne can also be ordered online from the Register Office at the Civic Centre. Contact the Newcastle City Council Register Office.

Page last updated: 
30 May 2017
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