Where to Start


If you are just beginning your family history research, then the Family History Federation has a wealth of information on its website to help you.
Click here for details

Please also see our guides below.

Civil Registration Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates

There were historically 7 Registration Districts within Northamptonshire: Corby, Daventry, Kettering, Oundle/Thrapston, Northampton, Towcester/Brackley and Wellingborough.  They were combined in April 2011 into one district.

For information on how to order certificates from the local register office, please see the Civil Registration pages on the Council website.  Click here

 These leaflets have been published by HM Passport Office and give a good overview of the details to be found on a birth, marriage or death certificate.

The Guide to Birth Certificates can be found <here>

The Guide to Marriage Certificates can be found <here>

The Guide to Death Certificates can be found <here>

Further information on the General Records Office (GRO) indexes and explanations of reference numbers together with FAQs can be found on the GRO website. – click here 

We would advise against ordering certificates from the commercial genealogy web sites as they charge a premium fee.



Beginners' Guide

This leaflet, produced by the Society, maps a path towards building your family tree and will guide you to some of the information you may need and where to find it.  It is not a definitive route as there are many sources available to researchers and not all can be shown, but it will set you well on your road.  Note that many of the sources cover a wide timespan.

Click here to download and then print the leaflet.  The best results will be obtained by printing the leaflet from the PDF, double sided and 2 pages to a sheet (using your printer’s instructions), otherwise print as two pages.


Please click here to see our Beginner’s guide to the Census.

Further guidance can also be found on the National Archives website – click here