How to search The Gazette


05 October 2021
The Gazette has been publishing key details about our ancestors' news, honours, insolvencies, wills, mentions in despatches and more for centuries. The digitised pages are available online FREE. Discover tips to help you search The Gazette today.

The Gazette is the ‘Official Public Record’. You’ll find entries for today’s date, but equally you can search the historic records for details of your family in decades past. You may wish to search 'All Notices'. However, you may also find it helpful to home in on specific categories of notice, and to employ search operators to help you.

Explore by The Gazette by Category

In addition to All Notices you may home in on specific categories of notice published in The Gazette

Wills & Probate


Awards & Accreditation


On you will find notices of deceased estates up to today's date. Executors are advised to publicise the estate via The Gazette so that any creditors have a window in which to make a claim before the estate is distributed to the beneficiaries. We have obscured the name and address of the entry in this instance, even though the person is deceased, but out of respect to their relations. On you would be able to find names and addresses for each person whose estate was publicised however.

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Search The Gazette smarter

Here are some tips to help you find the entries of specific interest by refining your search:

  • Use the search operators (AND, OR, NOT, “” etc), narrowing the period by date span too.
  • Include a Notice Code in your search ( [For instance, if you include the code 1105 in the notice code field, then your search will only return results found in 'Honours and awards'.]
  • Set up a date span to search within.
  • Alternatively, you may also like to use the preset parameters for:

World War I (the preset Gazette category for which spans 28 June 1914 to 31 December 1920).

World War II (the preset Gazette category for which spans 2 September 1939 to 2 September 1945).

Tip! Note that these dates go beyond the commonly accepted dates for the First World War and the Second World War, as very often an ancestor’s details, of promotion or mention in despatches, for instance, may be published several months after the event.

Applying a notice code to your search can help you quickly narrow down your search to a specific type of entry in The Gazette.

Help is at hand

If you need any help using The Gazette there is an online chat service 8am-6pm daily.

Alternatively telephone 0333 200 2434

Or email [email protected]

A citation in The Gazette, 1916, with reference to the awarding of the Military Cross to a serviceman in the Royal Engineers (RE). You may not always find such detailed entries, particularly as the First World War went on, but when you do they are family history gold.

To learn how long The Gazette has been published for, and other brief historical details, please click here.

Need a hand researching your ancestors in The Gazette?

The dedicated Gazette Research Team is able to carry out a complete and thorough search of the archives on your behalf. To find out more about The Gazette Research Service, click here.