Family history

Please find below information on baptism, wedding and funeral records, adoption records and Anglican clergy records

The Lambeth Palace Library website has some guides to help you research your family history. 

Baptism, wedding and funeral records

Records for baptisms (also known as christenings), weddings and funerals are kept in the local area where they were created.  You can find these records either at the church where the event took place or at the Diocesan Record Office (DRO) where that church holds its records. DROs are usually the council-run local record office. If you don’t know where the DRO is, please contact the church’s Diocesan Office. You can find the details of the Diocese under ‘More Info’ on A Church Near You.

Adoption records

If you were adopted via The Church of England Children's Society, please contact:
The Children's Society
Edward Rudolf House
Margery Street

Telephone: 020 7841 4400

If you were adopted via The Church Adoption Society, please contact PACT (Parents and Children Together):
36 Causton Street

Telephone: 0300 456 4800 (weekdays 10am – 3pm)

Anglican clergy records

If you are looking for information about an ancestor who was a member of clergy in the Church of England, there are several research guides available to help. They can be found on the Lambeth Palace Library website