Births, Marriages and Deaths
For comprehensive UK Birth, Marriage and Death records use the following link.
All births, marriages and deaths certificates since 1 July 1837 are kept at the General Register Office (GRO). If you are trying to trace a birth, marriage or death prior to 1 July 1837 then you will need to search parish registers in local archives. Searching is much easier if you know the district or area of the country in which the event has taken place. These parish records can go back to 1538.
A good place to start when searching the UK BMD indexes is to ascertain the name and date of birth of your grandmother or grandfather and search for his/her birth certificate. Once found it will provide the names of both his/her parents and you will be able to continue your search back another generation. You will also then be able to use the reference to order a copy birth certificate from the General Register Office (GRO) indexes as their records go back to 1837. The General Register Office publish a very useful guide on obtaining copy certificates and using Births, Marriages and Deaths records for Family History Research. It can be found here