Request Family History Certificates

Family History is any event that took place in the City of Nottingham before 1910.

This page is for customers applying for Family History certificates ONLY. Family History is any birth death or marriage in the Nottingham City that took place before 1910.

Unfortunately, we are unable to conduct a general search of our indexes, as manual searches are time-consuming, and due to the number of applications received, the minimum amount of information we require, is the year and the quarter in which a particular event was registered.

Nottingham Register Office only holds records for the Nottingham (City) Registration District (and some Basford District Registrations up until 1899). After 1899, Basford District Registrations could potentially be held by Basford, Erewash, Amber Valley, Mansfield or Rushcliffe Register Offices.

If the only information you possess is a probable date or an approximate year of an event, it will be necessary for you to carry out further research. One of the most reliable sources of information for when a birth, death or marriage occurred can be found on the General Register Office indexes - these indexes relate to registrations in England and Wales since 1837, when civil registration began.

Ways to Apply

Once you have completed your research, and you are satisfied that the birth, marriage or death is registered in the Nottingham Registration District, you can apply for your certificate in the following ways:

  • Write to us, enclosing a £10 postal order made payable to ‘Nottingham City Council’ for each certificate required and a stamped addressed envelope. Please note, we do not accept cheques
  • Call into the Register Office in person, and order certificates for collection or posting. Please be aware that searches cannot be undertaken while you wait, and we will contact you for payment once the search is completed. We charge £10 for each certificate, and £1 extra if it is posted to you
  • Complete the an online request form

The search may take between 4 to 6 weeks, we will be in touch with you as soon as we can. 

Contact Us

Nottingham Registration Service The Council House Old Market Square Nottingham NG1 2DT office.register@nottinghamcity.gov.uk Monday to Friday 9am to 4:30pm
Tel: 0115 841 5554

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