Wednesday, November 28, 2007

UK Burials

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Search the National Burial Index for England and Wales records for thousands of individuals as far back as 1538, drawn from Parish records, Catholic, Jewish and Non-Conformist registers.

it pre-dates the civil registration of deaths in England and Wales, which only came into effect on 1 July 1837, therefore enabling family history enthusiasts to delve even further back into their ancestors' pasts.

The details of over 10 million burials are contained in the database. It provides the full name, date of burial, age at death, (when given in the original source), name of the county, parish and the church or chapel where the burial took place.

The burial data brings together in one easy-to-search central place the disparate records from local parishes, which members of local family history societies have been compiling since 1994, under the guidance and encouragement of the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS). It includes records from parish registers, non-conformist registers, Roman Catholic, Jewish and other registers as well as cemetery and cremation records. It will complement the Latter Day Saints' International Genealogical Index (IGI), which contains mainly baptisms and marriages.

Thanks to the cross-database search facility at, you will be able to search for your ancestor by surname across all the records on the site without needing to know where in the country they came from.

Previously some of these records were made available to the public by the Federation on CD ROM and at its own pay per view website but following a landmark agreement between the Federation and in September this year, burial records can now be searched online alongside's existing collection of over 550 million records. The records at will be transferred to the website in phases over the next few months.

A data update took place at 1 am 26th October. This added burial records for Woolwich and West Middlesex along with parish apprentices for Somerset and Dorset and other updates. About 108,000 records were added.

The NBI data records can be accessed as part of an Explorer subscription package or with pay-per-view units.

FFHS - Home Page: "The Federation of family History Societies (FFHS) is an educational charity in UK which exists to represent, advise and support its membership of family history societies and other genealogical organisations world-wide. Our principal aims are: to co-ordinate and assist the work of societies or other bodies interested in family history, genealogy and heraldry; to foster mutual co-operation and collaborative projects to help researches; and to represent the interests of our members, and family historians generally, especially in the preservation and availability of archival documents."

FFHS - Contacting our members

he Federation of Family History Societies has over 200 member societies, all helping their own members to research their ancestors in England, Wales and Ireland (Scotland has its own Scottish Association of Family History Societies).

The Federation strongly advises you to join the societies covering the areas of your research. Many societies issue a quarterly magazine and you will be able to benefit from the services they only offer to their members. If you join your local society, even if you are not researching the area, you will be able to attend meetings and gain from the experience of the other members.

This Directory will help you to contact any of our member societies by e-mail or by post. Most societies have an e-mail address but if contacting them by post please remember to enclose a S.A.E. (or two International Reply Coupons if overseas). Many societies have more detailed contact information on their website and also give details of services they provide. If in difficulty, please contact our Administrator: Maggie Loughran, FFHS Administrator, PO Box 2425, COVENTRY CV5 6YX or, by e-mail at

There are separate pages for the country or area which a society represents, and these are sub-divided where appropriate by county, state or province. This will make it easier for you to identify a society that specialises in an area you wish to research.

FFHS - Projects
have included:

1881 census CD rom set

1881 Census Project

In conjunction with the Genealogical Society of Utah and The National Archives.

The entire database of 30+ million names was published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) as a set of 25 CD-ROMs for the whole of Great Britain. These can be ordered via FamilySearchâ„¢ Online Distribution Centers. However, it can be accessed free on the FFHS website or the LDS website

Currently, member societies are encouraged to participate or continue with the following projects:

  • National Burial Index on a county and national basis by submitting new and checked records for inclusion in the Third Edition. This is an ongoing project, for which member societies would appreciate donations of data or volunteers to assist with recording further records. (See listing of member societies)
  • Monumental Inscriptions transcription for all church & chapel yards, and public cemeteries on a county basis - now in its 30th year!
  • National Strays Index preparations are well underway for the digital images to go live on FamilyHistoryOnline. Watch out for pages on this site for further details of this exciting new indexing project
  • National Inventory of War Memorials (in conjunction with the Imperial War Museum) on a county basis. FFHS has donated a massive amount of information towards the 53,000 total of memorials (including personal names). Work is still in progress to record the remaining memorials and, where appropriate, to update and verify the existing information. See
  • Marriage Indexes on a county basis, particularly for the period 1754-1837
  • Specialist Listings such as settlement and removal records, trades and occupations, school admission books, Wills. (See FamilyHistoryOnline)


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