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The Register Office holds birth, death and marriage entries for events in the City and County of Bristol from 1837.
In order to supply a certified copy of an entry (a certificate) we require the full names of the people concerned, and the date and place the event took place. Please note that some records were destroyed prior to 1940 and are only available from the General Register Office - www.gro.gov.uk.
Certificates can be supplied to anyone provided you know the full personal details of the person whose certificate is required.
If you were born in Bristol but later adopted please telephone the register office on 0117 922 2800 for further information.
Possession of a birth certificate is not proof of identity.
- If the registration has only recently taken place, within the last six weeks, a different fee may apply. Please call 0117 922 2800 for further information
- Please be aware that where marriages took place at a church or a chapel, the register may still be held by a minister of that church
- Prior to 1940 some of our records are incomplete
Historical records for local and family history, including births, marriages and deaths are also available:
Death registers are held at Bristol Register Office.
Burial records are held at our cemetery and crematoria offices.
To conduct a grave search we need:
- the name and approximate date of death of the deceased. If the death occurred before 1991 a manual search is required and we will be able to check a three-year period ie the year before and after the year of death provided.
Other useful information to help the search includes:
- the age on death
- the address or the area they lived in
- details of another close family member (usually a spouse) who they are likely to have been buried with.
There are no research facilities at either office for members of the public wishing to do their own family history searches.
Requests for grave searches should to made in writing to the appropriate cemetery and crematoria offices.
The fee for this service is £41 per grave. Please enclose a cheque made payable to "Bristol City Council" with your enquiry letter.
No fee is charged when a search for a grave is requested in order to arrange a burial. Enquiries relating to all cemeteries with the exception of South Bristol should be addressed to our Canford Cemetery office.
Cremation Registers are not available to the public under any circumstances.