England and Wales, Death Registration Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

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Record Description

The collection consists of an index to deaths registered in England and Wales beginning 1 July 1837 through 1920. The index is arranged in volumes by years with the entries listed alphabetically. These indexes can be used to order a copy of the actual certificate. Index courtesy of Findmypast.com.

Record Content

The death index generally lists:

  • Surname and given name
  • Age at time of death (beginning in 1866)
  • Year, quarter, volume and page number
  • District
  • Line and event number

How to Use the Record

To begin your search you will need to know

  • Your ancestor’s name
  • The approximate year of birth

Search the Collection

To search the collection fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example:

  • Use the information in the index to obtain a copy of the death certificate from the appropriate registration district.
  • Use the name of the deceased and the death place to locate the family in census and church records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Knowing the district name and at least an approximate year in which the death occurred will reduce your search time.
  • Events are filed by the date registered, not the date they occurred (for example, a death on 20 March which was registered on 6 April will be in the April-May-June quarter).
  • Indexes were prepared by hand and may contain copying errors (for example, "T" for "F") or omissions.
  • Persons with common names may be difficult to identify in the index.
  • Some deaths were registered as "unknown."

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. Surnames are often found under unexpected spellings.
  • You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • A person may have been registered under a different name than he or she used later in life.

For additional information about the use of this index see the wiki article England Civil Registration.

Related Websites

FindMyPast

Related Wiki Articles

England Civil Registration

Contributions to This Article

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Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

“England and Wales, Death Index 1800-1920.” Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing FindMyPast. Brightsolid Online Publishing Limited England.