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Family history records

Family history records

The Register Office holds birth, death and marriage entries for events in the City and County of Bristol.

You can get copies of certificates for anyone as long as you know their full personal details.

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Historical records for local and family history are also available at Bristol Archives and Reference Library.

The Register Office holds entries from 1837 onwards, however, some records were destroyed prior to 1940 and are only available from the General Register Office.

Burial records: Grave search request

To ask for a grave search, write a letter to the cemetery and crematoria offices.

You need to give us:

  • the name and date of death of the deceased
  • the age when they died
  • 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 for members of the public wishing to do their own family history searches.

Costs for grave searches

The fee for this service is £50 per grave.

Enclose a cheque in your letter, payable to "Bristol City Council".

There’s no charge if you ask for a grave search so you can arrange a burial.

Cremation Registers aren't available to the public.

Terms and conditions

See our Register Office terms and conditions (pdf, 295KB) (opens new window)