Registry records and certificates

Records of births, marriages and deaths

The Greenwich Register Office may be able to help you investigate your family tree. 

The registry office holds records of every birth, marriage and death that has taken place in the borough and can provide copies of certificates on request - see below for how to order.

Greenwich registry office holds the original registers from 1837 to the present day.

Prior to 1969 the register office was split into sub-districts. This office holds the information for the following sub-districts:

  • Charlton
  • Eltham
  • Greenwich East
  • Greenwich West
  • Plumstead East
  • Plumstead West
  • St. Nicholas Deptford
  • Woolwich Arsenal
  • Woolwich Dockyard.

Ordering a certificate

To request a copy certificate for a birth, death or marriage, you will need to know:

  • the name of the person(s)
  • the place of the birth, death or marriage
  • the year of the birth, death or marriage.

Certificates can be ordered by post or in person from the Register Office.

Certificates cost £10 per copy and you can pay by cheque (drawn on a British bank) payable to the Royal Borough of Greenwich, or postal order. You can also order a certificate online from the General Register Office.

Register searches

You cannot search the register. The law does not allow the registers themselves to be searched. We are happy to make a search of the indexes on your behalf, but only for specific entries -  we cannot undertake extensive research for family history.