Birth, Marriage, Death and Burial
Births, Marriages and Deaths
The official birth, marriage and death registers from July 1837 onwards are kept by the General Register Office. Copies of certificates can be ordered directly from them online. We do however hold a few non-ecclesiastical birth and death records, including registers kept by workhouses and asylums. Also see church and religion for baptism and marriage records.
We hold copies of some municipal cemetery records and burial indexes for certain churchyards. The originals are mainly held by the administrators of the cemeteries. Often there are no maps or plans showing the location of graves in churchyards, but monumental inscriptions can be helpful both for finding a grave and in providing information about a family. See church and religion for other burial records.
We hold records from the Bedfordshire Coroner which can be searched through our catalogue under reference CO. Please be aware that these records are likely to be subject to a 75 year closure period at the discretion of the coroner.