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Certificates and Copies
In Essex there are eight main registration offices and each office is responsible for the original registers belonging to the area.
The registers contain the records of all births, deaths and marriages from 1837. You will need to complete an application form, sending it to the office in which the event took place and they will then send you a certified copy of the entry.
If you do not know the area where the event took place you can contact the General Register Office on 0300 123 1837 Option 1 for some assistance.

Application forms

The postal addresses of the main registration offices in Essex are found on the registration contacts page.


Copies of historical birth, death and marriage certificates held by the superintendent registrar cost £10.
If the entries are held by Essex (except Southend and Thurrock) we accept payment by cash (in person), cheque (payable to Essex County Council) or credit/debit card.
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