Superintendent Registrars do not have the staff to undertake searches of an indefinite or protracted nature. Usually a search in the birth indexes, covering a period not exceeding five years will be made but only where accurate details have been given of the birth registration. If a wider search is required it is necessary for the applicant or someone on his or her behalf to make a general search in the indexes.  

General Searches at a Superintendent Registrar's Office

The Birth indexes in a Superintendent Registrar's office relate only to births which occurred within the Superintendent Registrar's district. 

A general search in the indexes may be conducted in person by the applicant or someone on his or her behalf during any number of successive hours not exceeding six. By arrangement with the Superintendent Registrar a person making a general search may have access to the indexes of  births but not to the birth registers themselves. A certificate of any entry identified may be obtained on completion of an application form and on payment of the appropriate fee. Fees at present are £20.00 for a priority service certificate (produced same day) or £10.00 to have the certificate posted to you by second class mail the next working day. 

If you cannot find an entry?

If a person making a general search is uncertain whether a reference found in the indexes relates to the entry for which he or she is searching, the Superintendent Registrar, on being given definite details by which the entry may be identified (e.g parents' names, or a specific known address) will verify those particulars by reference to the register. Any additional information from the entry can only be made available in the form of a certificate.

Costs and how to pay

The cost of checking the first eight references is covered by the General Search fee (£18.00) but an additional charge will be made for each subsequent reference checked unless a certificate is issued from the entry, in which case the certificate fee only will be payable. Certificates cost £20.00 each as a priority service to be produced the same day, or £10.00 to have the certificate posted to you by second class mail the next working day.

Payment is to be made immediately after the general search has been undertaken regardless of the outcome to the registrars office. Payment can be cash, cheque or debit/credit card.

Bolton Register Office

Albert Halls

Victoria Square



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