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

The England and Wales Death Index holds 94,000,000 records dating back to 1837 and continuing through 2005. These death records were compiled from the UK National Archives. Individuals who want further details on the England and Wales Death Index should visit the UK National Archives .

Information Available In This Collection

The records available in the England and Wales Death Index display the full name of the deceased, date of death, age at death, location and a reference number for the source record.

About the UK National Archives

The UK National Archives is the main source for the England and Wales Death Index, and individuals who are interested in obtaining copies should contact the UK National Archives using the information below.

UK National Archives
Kew, Richmond, Surrey

The UK National Archives is responsible for preserving and maintaining a collection of more than 11 million records pertaining to the history of the entire United Kingdom. This record collection includes parchment and written records, maps, photographs, paintings and electronic records that are open to the public. Also available are various British military records, government historical records, tax records, war records and court records.

The UK National Archives put a large portion of records online to make it easier for individuals doing research to find an array of historic records without making the trip to visit the physical archives. Online, individuals have access to will dating back to the late 1300s up through the 1850s, along with other probate records. Also available online are records of looted art taken by the Nazis before and during World War II. The UK National Archives are not the repository for vital records like birth certificates, marriage licenses or death certificates, however, as these are recorded by the General Register Office.

The General Register Office for England and Wales maintains death certificate records that date back to 1837, when civil registration was started. Death certificates can easily be ordered online or by mail from the General Register Office, and a link to this site is provided along with background information on the UK National Archives page discussing obtaining vital records. Individuals must have the full name of the deceased, date of death, place of death, and maiden name (if applicable) in order to receive the correct death certificate. Death certificates can also be ordered or viewed in person at the General Register Office.

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