Birth - historical searches

We have Moved!

The Registration service has moved from Royal Oak House to the Council House. Notice of Marriages, Wedding, naming and vow renewal ceremonies will continue to be held at Royal Oak house but all other services will now be at the Council House

Need a copy certificate?

You can apply and pay for a copy of a birth, marriage or death certificate online, anytime at our customer service portal Derby Direct To You.

Need a copy urgently? If you order before 12:30 Monday – Friday, you can collect the certificate from the Council House after 3pm on the same day.

What searches can you do?

The Derby Register Officer holds all the births, marriage and death records for the Derby Registration District from 1 July 1837 to the present day. We can also access some of the Shardlow district records as well as the sub-districts of Spondon, Melbourne and Repton.

We can conduct a five-year search within your certificate application fee. Unfortunately, we are unable to conduct an open ended general search of our indexes, as manual searches are time-consuming. You may wish to search our indexes yourself and this can be done by appointment, alternatively you may wish to search the Registrar General’s indexes online on one of the many commercial family history sites.

We offer three levels of service:

  • Our 4 working days bronze service is £10 plus a £1 postage and packaging fee should you wish the certificate to be posted.
  • Our 2 working days silver service is £15 plus a £1 postage and packaging fee should you wish the certificate to be posted.
  • Our same day gold service is £20 and is collection only. This is only available if the certificate is requested before 12:30 Monday – Friday and you can collect the certificate after 3:00pm from the Council House.

To order a certificate, you can use our online application forms. If the record was not issued by the Derby Office, please contact the register office where the record was issued. 

What information do I need to give you?

It would be helpful if you could tell us:

  • The year in which a particular event was registered
  • The place where the event was registered
  • The name of the individual or individuals involved

For further advice on records of Derby City or genealogy, please contact us or go to the Government's Researching Family History website.

Opening times

Day Times
Monday 9.00am to 5.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am to 5.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am to 5.00pm
Thursday 9.00am to 5.00pm
Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm
Saturday By appointment only
Sunday Closed

Useful forms

Contact details

Email:
Post address:
Customer Service Centre
The Council House
Corporation Street
Derby
DE1 2FS
Phone: 01332 641680
Minicom: 01332 640666
Customer Service Centre
The Council House
Corporation Street
Derby
DE1 2FS