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The following is a list of key sources of genealogical information for England and Wales that can be accessed through purchased copy documents

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  Births, Marriages & Deaths Copies of Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates
  • Costs £9.25 per certificate for standard service - certificate sent within 4 working days if certificate index reference supplied, otherwise sent within 15 working days
  • Costs £23.40 per certificate for priority service - sent next working day but must be ordered by phone (0300 123 1837) before 4pm
  • Can be ordered online at
  • Can be ordered by phone from the General Register Office on 0300 123 1837
  • Can be ordered by post from General Register Office at P.O. Box 2, Southport, Merseyside PR8 2JD - an application form can be downloaded online from
  Wills Wills proved after 1858
  • Order by post from The Postal Searches and Copies Department, Leeds District Probate Registry, York House, York Place, Leeds LS1 2BA. The PA1S order form can be downloaded from The form requires details of the deceased (name, date of death, address) which can be found in the National Probate Calendar/Index. Tick the box for a General Search (the box for a Standing Search is only for deaths in the last 6 months). Please note that this department is not contactable by telephone and can only answer written enquiries.
  • Alternatively you can order in person at the Principal Probate Registry or at other registries and sub-registries (key in probate in the court work type search to find local registry office)
  • The minimum information required when ordering is the deceased's full name and the date of death as close as you can get to it. It costs £10 for the search and a single copy of the grant of probate together with the will (if any).
  • To narrow down the search you may wish to consult the National Probate Calendar/Index yourself first. You will then be able to provide details of the actual date of death, the grant type, the issuing Registry and the grant issue date. This will considerably speed up the supply of the copied will.
    Wills proved before 1858
This page last updated: 31 December 2016