Indexes to birth, marriage and death registrations (1837 to 2007)
Search birth, marriage and death indexes on freebmd.org.uk. Some commercial websites (£) also have the indexes such as Findmypast and Ancestry. Some websites have more recent indexes than others.
For more information on the indexes see the General Register Office family history page on GOV.UK.
Non-conformist registers (primarily before 1837)
Registers of non-conformist births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials are held by The National Archives in record series RG4–RG8 and are available online.
Search BMDregisters (£) for records of:
- non-conformist and other non-parochial births and baptisms, deaths and burials, and some marriages for the 17th to 19th centuries (RG4, RG5, RG8)
- clandestine (irregular) marriages up to 1754 (RG 7)
- Quaker (or Religious Society of Friends) births, marriages and deaths up to 1837 (RG 6)
Note the BMD registers ‘advanced search’ option and ‘RG Books’ tab which will help you to search more specifically.
The non-conformist (RG4, RG5, RG 8), clandestine (RG7) and Quaker (RG6) registers are also available on Ancestry (£) where they can be searched or browsed using the ‘browse this collection’ option on the right hand side of the search page. This allows you to browse by series, place or denomination.
As most non-conformists were obliged to marry in the Church of England between 1754 and 1837, it is possible to find records of their marriages in Church of England parish registers (see below).
Selected church marriage registers (1837–c.1920)
View some church marriage registers from 1837 up to the 1920s on Ancestry (£) and Findmypast (£).