Findmypast announce major update to the National Burial Index For England & Wales
- Millions of new records added in partnership with the Family History Federation
- Latest instalment of this major transcription project available to search exclusively at Findmypast
- Index now contains over 16 million records from all corners of England & Wales, many of which can’t be found anywhere else online
Published online for the first time in partnership with the Family History Federation, this latest update sees Findmypast provide users with access to the most comprehensive edition of this major transcription project to date.
The project of creating the National Burial Index began in 1994 with the aim of providing genealogists with improved access to pre-civil registration burials. Until then, researchers had been over-dependent on baptisms and marriages so the NBI sought to redress this by giving burial records the attention they deserve.
Version 1 was first published in 2001 containing 5.4 million records. This vast collection, derived from parish registers, bishop’s transcripts, earlier transcripts or printed registers by local family history society volunteers, continued to grow over time with versions 2 and 3 being published to include new additions.
Findmypast are proud to now provide access to version 4 of this vital resource. Containing over 16 million records from all corners of England & Wales, the majority of the index covers the period from 1813 – 1850 but does extend significantly in both directions from these dates.
Each transcript reveals a combination of the deceased’s name, birth year, death year, burial date, burial place, place of worship and denomination. For more information on the exact locations covered, see Findmypast’s parish list.
Vice-chairman of the Family History Federation, Ian Waller, said; “We are pleased to announce that 3.4 million additional burial records have been added to our National Burial Index at Findmypast. All the data was collated from the burial records of Anglican parishes, nonconformists, Roman Catholics, Quakers and other cemetery records within England and Wales. The results of this project, which is still incomplete, is made possible because of the stalwart work of family history societies who are members of the Family History Federation and through our long-standing partnership with Findmypast which also hosts millions of other records provided by our member societies.”
Findmypast will continue work with the Family History Federation and society volunteers across the UK to bring new and exclusive records online for the first time. Local societies play a vital role in enabling access to essential family history resources and, to date, these valuable partnerships have resulted in over 57 million records being published online at Findmypast.
OTHER RECORDS AVAILABLE TO SEARCH THIS FINDMYPAST FRIDAY
Are your relatives buried in England’s East Midlands? Find out with over 21,500 new records from over 60 Lincolnshire parishes. Check the parish list to see what’s new.
Monumental inscriptions can reveal fascinating facts about your ancestors’ lives and deaths. On Findmypast, you’ll find an extensive collection from England, Scotland, Wales and Australia.
These unique records reveal names, ranks and death details of British Army soldiers stationed in the West Indies in the early 19th century.
The 1st Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Foot was the predecessor of the Royal Scots and it appears that many of the men listed in the records hail from Scotland.
Findmypast have also released two new papers and updated 10 others with additional pages. New to our collection are:
- St. Austell Star covering 1889-1895, 1898-1911 and 1913-1915
- North Bucks Times and County Observer covering 1879-1895, 1898, 1900-1918
While more pages have been added to:
- Civil & Military Gazette (Lahore) from 1886
- Coleshill Chronicle from 1901-1910, 1950 and 1952-1980
- Manchester Evening News from 1951
- South Eastern Gazette from 1866-1869, 1877 and 1889
- Newry Telegraph from 1901
- Reynolds’s Newspaper from 1930-1932
- Leicester Chronicle from 1918, 1920 and 1922
- Luton Times and Advertiser from 1885 and 1892-1893
- Retford and Worksop Herald and North Notts Advertiser from 1891-1892 and 1903
- Illustrated Police News from 1875 and 1891