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Buying copies of certificates

(10 Posts)
Airedale19 Sat 26-Sep-20 10:05:49

Is it still possible to buy copies of birth, marriage and death certificates these (Covid) days? I’d like to start some research this winter, but I thought I’d be wasting my time if I could not obtain any certificates.

Furret Sat 26-Sep-20 10:30:38

You can download copies online of many documents, parish registers, censuses, etc. but not recent ones. I think they have to be over 100 years old. Other than that you do have to send away for copies of the original certificates you mention.

You can find out a great deal without them though. Good hunting.

PS don’t just believe what some people put in their ancestral trees especially if you find a link. Do check. I was about to accept a suggestion that looked extremely likely, but a closer look revealed that this person would have given birth to my great-great-great grandfather when she was 64!

jusnoneed Sat 26-Sep-20 10:44:16

You can buy paper copies or they now have downloadable pdf's slightly less cost. Order from the website (the cheapest) and not the sites such as Ancestry.
They were taking some time but from what people on FH groups say things are getting back to normal.

Airedale19 Sat 26-Sep-20 12:51:30

I had thought that such services might have dried up, but am glad to hear that things are getting back to normal.

Thanks for all the advice given.

HeyHo Sat 02-Jan-21 20:59:56

I ordered a death certificate from the GRO just before Christmas and it came in just 2 days which I thought was pretty amazing. It was for an ancestor who I last had working as a footman in a fairly large house in Lancashire, but then he died in Kensington, London aged 28. The copy of his death cert gave me more information that I could follow up, including a newspaper article and as my sister said, it is beginning to sound like Mills and Boon !!!

Esspee Sat 02-Jan-21 23:19:52

I started researching my family history less than two months ago after doing a free online course and have been able to get online copies instantly from Scotlandspeople at a very reasonable cost. I now have every line traced back to the early 1800s and am currently working on addresses, employment, where they might have worked etc.

I would wholeheartedly agree with Furret about not copying anyone else's research. Some people put down any rubbish.
I also learned my lesson today on not relying on transcriptions. It was the 1871 census and the transcription listed a large number of people at the address including just the children of my gt,gt, grandparents. I paid for sight of the original document and found the transcription, which I would normally have accepted, was appallingly inaccurate. It has combined several households, misspelled names etc.

I am having so much fun. It's totally engrossing (and highly addictive).

Witzend Sat 02-Jan-21 23:22:05

Dh is very much into his family history and often sends for birth, death, and marriage certificates.

Daisydaisydaisy Tue 27-Apr-21 06:55:38

Hi there.
Pdf are £7.00 if available and paper copies are £11.00.
I'm trying to avoid them for a few weeks atm as costing me a small fortune lol grin

Septimia Tue 27-Apr-21 08:49:13

I agree that there is much that you can learn without certificates, but sometimes getting the appropriate certificate is the only way you can confirm information.

I second the advice about being wary of copying information from other people's trees. Unfortunately mistakes seems to be particularly common when the researcher is American, often because they have no idea of British geography!

sodapop Tue 27-Apr-21 08:55:22

Take care looking for certificates, I was trying to get a copy of my adoption certificate, filled in the required details then came the request for £160.
I left that site quickly and found the right one which charged £23 for the certificate.