Manchester City Council

Births, marriages, deaths & nationality Buy a copy certificate

What we hold

We hold records of births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships registered in the city of Manchester from July 1837 to the present (does not include Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and other areas of Greater Manchester). For events registered elsewhere, contact the register office in that district to buy a copy certificate.

Certificates from 1915 onwards

Manchester Registration Service produces copy certificates for events registered from 1915 to the present date.

Certificates from 1837 to 1915

Central Library holds records and produces copy certificates for births, marriages and deaths registered before 1915. The easiest way is to buy a copy certificate online using a reference number from Lancashire BMD, where all pre 1915 births and marriage records, and 90 per cent of death records have  been indexed.

Records of births, marriages and deaths before 1 July 1837

Civil registration of births, deaths and marriage started on 1 July 1837. Before this date, baptisms, burials and marriages were recorded by the churches where they took place. Central library hold church records for Manchester Diocese prior to 1837.

Tracing a long lost relative

We do not keep updated records of a person's whereabouts. Try the electoral register for the district covering the person's last known address. Sometimes phone books can also be useful.

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