England and Wales Birth Index, 1837 to 1983; 1983 to 2005

The England and Wales Birth Index contains 101,000,000 records dating back to 1837 up through 1983, and then continuing in 1983 through 2005. These birth records were compiled from the UK National Archives. Individuals who wish to learn more about the England and Wales Birth Index can visit the UK National Archives .

Information Available In This Collection

The records in the England and Wales Birth Index feature the first and last name of the individual, along with date of birth, place of birth and a reference number for the source record. Also included, if known, is the mother's maiden name.

About the UK National Archives

The main source of birth records for the England and Wales Birth Index is the UK National Archives. To learn how to obtain copies or view birth records from these countries, contact the UK National Archives using the following information.

UK National Archives
Kew, Richmond, Surrey
TW9 4DU UK
+44-0-20-8876-3444

The UK National Archives holds over 1,000 years of historic records relating to England, Wales and the UK that are available to the public. The UK National Archives is one of the largest, with over 11 million public and government records in their collection. Also, the UK National Archives works with 250 public sector and government entities to counsel them on preserving and archiving records efficiently. The UK National Archives holds domestic and overseas British government records, in addition to British armed forces records from various wars and conflicts, court records, maps and even written records dating back to William the Conqueror's era.

The UK National Archives works hard to make many records collections available to the public online. These records include collections for British Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War, service records for naval officers, medals issued to merchant seamen, looted art from the Nazi-era, and air ministry combat report records. Although vital records like birth and death certificates, marriage licenses and divorce decrees are not held by the UK National Archives, they do offer specific information on how to locate these records.

In the UK, civil registration for all births was initiated on July 1, 1837, which is why birth certificates have been preserved since 1837. The General Register Office is responsible for recording birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, adoptions and stillbirths for England and Wales. There is also a General Register Office for Scotland and one for Northern Ireland. Birth certificates may be ordered online or by mail through the General Register Office, which is linked to the UK National Archives birth certificates page. Also, a birth index was created and can be viewed online through various libraries and record offices' websites, and there are links to these sites through the General Registers Office.

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