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Using the internet for searching and tracing

This list contains the details of some websites that people have found useful. However we cannot recommend or guarantee any particular site.

The General Registry Office

The government office for birth, marriage and death certificates.

The GRO also manages the Adoption Contact Register for England and Wales, where adopted adults and birth relatives can register their wishes regarding contact


Adoption, Search and Reunion

A website developed by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF). It is for anyone who wants information about searching for, or making contact with, a birth relative.


The following are some fee-based tracing services: