General Research Sources and
Procedures for Genealogical Research in
by Lisa South, Certified
I just got back from England!! It was great -
Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The Tower of London. I
loved it all. As we drove past Somerset House, I
told my husband, "when I first started working in
genealogy, that's where they kept their vital
records!" He was interested, but thought perhaps
you would be more interested. I decided that doing
a general overview of some major record sources in
England was a good idea.
1. Civil Records
Registration of vital information began 1 Jul 1837
in England and Wales.
b. The records are
available at: General Register Office, PO Box
Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2JD, United
Kingdom. They can also be ordered
information you will need is given at http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/
The cost of a copy of the record is determined by
the type of record you require and the amount of
information you can provide.
2. Church of England Parish
a. Began in 1538
contain christening, marriage and burial
c. Microfilms of most English
Parish registers can be ordered at your local LDS
Church Family History Library Center.
3. Census Records
a. 1803-1831 did
not list names of individuals only information
about sex, employment etc.
b. 1841 - listed
everyone who was in the household when census was
Everyone over 15 years of age they
rounded their age down to the nearest five.
1851 and on - the information is pretty standard
d. Many of these records are available on-line and
all can be ordered from your local LDS Family
4. Probate Records
- abt. 1400-1858. Most are on microfilms which can
be ordered through Family History Centers.
Civil - 1858 to present can be located at the
Probate Dept. of The Principal Registry Family
Division Probate Search Room, First Avenue House,
42-49 High Holborn, London, WC1V, United
This is a very basic overview of four major
sources for genealogical research in England. Each
needs to be covered in much more detail in future
newsletters, and there are many other valuable
sources that will be covered, but hopefully this
will be a starting place for many of you.