What Is A GRO In­dex Ref­er­ence?

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When or­der­ing a copy of a birth, mar­riage or death cer­tifi­cate from the Gen­eral Reg­is­ter Of­fice, you will be asked to pro­vide a GRO in­dex ref­er­ence, if known. This in­for­ma­tion is pro­vided when you search civil reg­is­tra­tion records on sub­scrip­tion sites or freebmd.org.uk, and con­sists of the year and quar­ter of that year when an event was reg­is­tered, and a ref­er­ence num­ber that is ac­tu­ally made up of two sets of num­bers and let­ters. The first is a district or vol­ume num­ber – such as 8d for Prest­wich – and the sec­ond is the page num­ber (such as 283). How­ever, do note that the for­mat of the GRO in­dex ref­er­ence num­ber has changed over time; more in­for­ma­tion on this is avail­able from www.gro.gov.uk.

The ref­er­ence can help when search­ing GRO records

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