Public Records

Somerset House no longer holds public records such as wills and birth certificates. If you are searching for such records, please find contact details below which we hope will be of use:

Births, Marriages and Death certificates
General Register Office (GRO), PO Box 2, Southport. Merseyside, PR8 2JD
Tel: 0300 123 1837
www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates

Wills (pre 1858), and Government and Military Records (pre 1971)
The National Archives
Ruskin Avenue, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU
Tel: +44 (0)20 8876 3444
www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

Wills (after 1858)
The Probate Department of the Principal
Registry of the Family Division
First Avenue House, 42 - 49 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6NP
Tel: +44 (0)20 7947 6939
http://212.137.36.113/cms/wills.htm

Divorce and Adoption
Family Proceedings Department
Registry of the Family Division
First Avenue House, 42 - 49 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6NP
Tel: +44 (0)20 7947 6000

Name Tracing
Society of Genealogists
14 Charterhouse Buildings, London EC1M 7BA
Tel: +44 (0)20 7251 8799
www.sog.org.uk

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