General Register Office (GRO)
The GRO is in-charge of maintaining all records that relate to birth, marriage or death. The GRO for England and Wales is centralized and users can access all the wp-content/uploads from one location. However, if you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland, you will need to access their records separately. The right place to do a search on death records is the GRO.
In order to start your search of Death Records in London you need to understand the GRO Index. This is a public index that is free to search and lists all births, deaths and marriages in Wales and England that have been registered. Each record has a GRO Index and a short summary of the information including the year of death, volume number, page number and location. The earliest record in the index is from 1837.
GRO Index Reference number
The records have a GRO Index reference number that is used to order certificates. The Index number is a unique system used by the GRO; it is not related to any other system in place, including the census. The Index number helps in finding the correct information, easier and faster. The information is divided into quarterly sections, which is applicable to all records from 1837 to 1984 and after that, all records are added by year.
Searching the GRO Index online
Individuals can view the index onlline for free. This can be done by going to the FreeBMD page. This online project is part of FreeUKGEN and is ongoing so not all records will be available. You can also use private companies to search the index but they will charge you.
Some private firms include:
View Find My Past Website
View BMD Index Website
View The Genealogist Website
Physical Copies of the Index
The index can be found in its complete form in several libraries. These venues will offer this service until the online index is completed.
- Birmingham Central Library
- Bridgend Reference and Information Library
- City of Westminster Archives Centre
- Manchester City Library
- Newcastle City Library
- Plymouth Central Library
- The British Library
Contacting GRO for help
If researchers are having problems with the index they should contact the GRO at the following contacts:
Telephone: +44 300 123 1837
Post Office: Contact Centre, GRO, PO Box 2, Southport, Merseyside PR8 2JD, UK. View Map