You can use the information you’ve found in Findmypast’s records to order a copy of your British ancestor’s birth, marriage or death certificate from the General Register Office in England.

Certificates will reveal lots of extra information about your ancestors, such as parents’ names, addresses and occupations. You can add all of these new details to your family tree.

This is an example of a birth certificate. Here we see that Ada Maria Howard was born on 11 June 1903 in Layston. The certificate tells us that her father’s name was Ernest Howard, while her mother’s name was Mercy Howard. We also discover that her father was a “chimney sweeper master”.

Marriage certificates can provide a lot of new information for your family tree. In the example here, the certificate tells us that Arthur William Johnson married Mary Magdalen Targett on 3 February 1912 at the Register Office in Wandsworth. It tells us the couple’s ages, their marital status and also that Arthur was employed as a lighterman (operating a barge).

We also learn the addresses where Arthur and Mary lived, along with their fathers’ names and occupations. We can see that the lighterman trade ran in Arthur’s family and that Mary’s father was a “ladies’ tailor”.

This death certificate reveals that Florence Beatrice Maud Silk died on 4 February 1945 at her home in Alton. It tells us that Florence was 73 and was the wife of Charles Silk, a retired sorter for the Post Office. We also learn the cause of death, and that Florence’s husband was present at the death.

You can order a certificate by visiting www.gro.gov.uk for England and Wales, or www.gro-scotland.gov.uk for Scotland, or www.welfare.ie (and searching for “General Register Office) for Ireland.

Search for, or follow the links to, “order certificates online”. You will be asked to provide information from the birth, marriage or death record you’ve found at findmypast. Certificates cost £9.25 in England and Wales, £12 in Scotland, and €20 in Ireland. *

*Prices correct at time of publishing.