Historic searches

The indexes in Wirral Register office relate only to births, marriages and deaths which occurred in this district.

Searches of Birth Indexes

Unfortunately, the Register office does not have the resources to undertake long searches. Usually a search in the birth index, covering a period not exceeding 5 years, will be made but only where accurate details have been given of the birth registration.

If a wider search is required it is necessary for the applicant or someone on his/her behalf to make a General Search in the indexes.

General Searches in the Indexes

A general search can be arranged with the Register office and involves a search in the indexes conducted in person by the applicant or someone on their behalf.

It must take place in a single session and last no more than six hours.

Please telephone the Register office on (0151) 606 2020 for information on the cost of a General Search.

A General Search gives access to the indexes to the registers of births, marriages and deaths but not to the registers themselves.

A certificate of any entry identified in the indexes can be obtained on completion of an application form.

If you are uncertain if a reference found in the indexes relates to the entry you are searching for, the Superintendent Registrar, on being given definite details by which the entry may be identified, will verify those particulars after referring to the register.

Any additional information from the entry can only be made available in the form of a certificate..

More Information on Searches

General Register Office provides official and historic information about births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales (do they cover Scotland and NI?).

The Governments Directgov website  provides information on researching your family history and ordering birth, marriage and death certificates.  

Wirral Archives Service cares for and offers public access to thousands of historical records relating to the history of the Wirral.

Researchers are welcome to consult original documents and other sources free of charge.

The service also provides regular workshops on a range of local history matters, including ‘An Introduction to Family History’, which will take place on 4 September 2010. To book a place or get in touch with Wirral Archives Service contact:

Email:             archives@wirral.gov.uk
Telephone:     0151 606 2929 or 0151 607 2928
Address:       

Wirral Archive Services
Lower Ground Floor
Cheshire Lines Building
Canning Street
Birkenhead, Wirral
CH41 1ND