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FindMyPast.com Adds National Burial Index for England and Wales

by SteveWednesday, November 28, 2007

FindMyPast.com, a UK family history website, announced that it is adding data from the National Burial Index for England and Wales.

The National Burial Index is a finding aid for burials that took place in England or Wales between the years 1538 and 2005. As such, 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.

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

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