Family history information from the Register Office

If a member of your family was born, died, married or lived in the London Borough of Richmond, it is possible that we have records that may help you trace them, and give you more information about their lives.

The Register Office holds records of all births, deaths and marriages occurring in the borough since 1837.  

We would like to help you with your family history research, but ask you to bear in mind the following:

  • The birth or death is registered in the area it took place, regardless of where the family were living at the time.
  • Civil registration commenced in this country in 1837 (although it was not legally enforceable until 1875). For events before this date you may find the information you need in church records, some of which have been indexed and are included in the International Genealogical Index (IGI) which can be found online at
  • The registers held in the Registrar’s Office are for births, deaths and marriages only. The information in the registers is only available as a certified copy of the register entry and a fee of £7 is payable for this.
  • In order for a certificate to be produced by the Registrar’s Office, the date and location of the event must be given.
  • If  you know the date when the birth, death or marriage took place, but not the actual place, you can find this out from The Family Records Centre or the General Register Office.
  • We are not able to make a general search through our indexes without a specific date.  It is possible for you to search in person, by appointment with the Register Office.  There is a fee for this service.
  • The registers held in this office cover the areas now within the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames, namely Richmond, Twickenham, Whitton, Hampton, Barnes, Mortlake, Kew and Ham.

Updated: 3 August 2009