National Burial IndexSecond Edition
What is the National Burial Index?
This very important data, of which 59% has never been published before, indexes more than 13 million burials
from registers in England and Wales from 1538 onwards. It is not a complete index to all burials, but
represents an enormous effort by Family History Societies and Groups over 10 years to make available a
large amount of information easily searchable in your own home. The National Burial Index, known as the NBI,
is quality British data at an affordable price.
History of the National Burial Index
The National Burial Index was begun by the Federation of Family History Societies in 1994 and the first edition was
published in 2001 with some 5.4 million burial records. As an ongoing project, further collections of
records were encouraged and continued to be received by the FFHS data manager. Over the ensuing three
years sufficient additional material has now been collated to make a new edition feasible.
A substantial number of member societies that did not originally participate in the burial project
have become actively involved by presenting data they already held, or have embarked on this as a new
project for their area.There are still some member societies which have not yet submitted their data
to the NBI Project as work has only just begun or have pressures to complete other projects before undertaking
the time consuming job of transcribing burial registers. However it is hoped that they too will be
submitting further records for a proposed third addition in several years time.
What Information is on the disk?
The information provided in the National Burial Index, taken from parish, non-conformist, Roman Catholic and cemetery registers , includes where available:
This information is displayed in a table, which may be sorted on any column. Records may be tagged and exported to other applications.
- County of burial
- Parish or cemetery where the event of burial was recorded
- Date of burial
- Forename(s) of the deceased
- Surname of the deceased
- The society or group that transcribed the record
The National Burial Index does not contain full transcriptions of the burial records - it is simply an abbreviated finding-aid based on records that were sometimes difficult to read. As with the IGI, searchers are therefore discouraged from accepting the details of an entry at face value and should check the original source record.
Also included is mapping software that interacts with the data. The maps display:
A bar graph is provided showing the count of people included in the Index for each year from 1538 to 2000.
- Parishes covered by the National Burial Index including a table of Counties, Places/Parishes, Church/Chapel, and date range covered. The columns in the table may be sorted as desired.
- Parishes that match as a result of your last search
Using the program supplied on the CDROM, the searcher can interrogate the database by a number of methods: a standard surname and forename synonym 'dictionary', a list of uniquely-occurring surname spelling variants, or by using 'wildcards'. The search can be 'refined' by specifying date ranges or locations.
To date, over 50 Family History Societies or Groups are involved with the project. Each appoints a co-ordinator who recruits inputters, checkers and correctors. Wherever possible, transcriptions are made from original source records but where this is not feasible other sources, such as microfiche transcriptions or printed registers, are used.
Counties on the Disc
The following table indicates the number of records held for different counties. Note the new counties of Brecon,
Cornwall, Cumberland, Isle of Man, London City, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Sussex and Westmorland entering the
database for the first time.
|County ||2nd Edition ||1st Edition|
|Bedfordshire ||356,000 ||52,000|
|Berkshire ||351,000 ||117,000 |
|Brecon ||5,000 || None|
|Buckinghamshire ||83,000 ||80,000|
|Cambridgeshire ||197,000 ||95,000|
|Cardiganshire ||108,000 ||11,000|
|Cheshire ||399,000 ||255,000|
|Cornwall ||112,000 ||None|
|Cumberland ||57,000 ||None|
|Derbyshire ||82,000 ||35,000|
|Dorset ||305,000 ||1,000|
|Durham ||402,000 ||159,000 |
|Essex ||500,000 ||48,000|
|Glamorganshire ||363,000 ||249,000|
|Gloucestershire ||167,000 ||154,000|
|Hampshire ||<1,000 ||<1,000|
|Herefordshire ||67,000 ||42,000 |
|Hertfordshire ||137,000 ||84,000 |
|Huntingdonshire ||192,000 ||76,000 |
|Isle of Man ||7,000 ||None|
|Kent ||205,000 ||16,000|
|Lancashire ||170,000 ||29,000 |
|Leicestershire ||329,000 ||<1,000 |
|Lincolnshire ||711,000 ||616,000 |
|London City ||138,000 ||None|
|Middlesex ||11,000 ||11,000 |
|Monmouthshire ||7,000 ||<1,000 |
|Montgomeryshire ||<1,000 ||<1,000 |
|Norfolk ||105,000 ||74,000 |
|Northamptonshire ||198,000 ||85,000 |
|Northumberland ||180,000 ||106,000 |
|Nottinghamshire ||281,000 ||None|
|Oxfordshire ||213,000 ||213,000 |
|Radnorshire ||11,000 ||5,000 |
|Rutland ||19,000 ||None|
|Shropshire ||168,000 ||85,000 |
|Somerset ||768,000 ||2,000 |
|Staffordshire ||799,000 ||18,000 |
|Suffolk ||803,000 ||429,000 |
|Surrey ||370,000 ||120,000 |
|Sussex ||316,000 ||None|
|Warwickshire ||507,000 ||460,000 |
|Westmorland ||6,000 ||None|
|Wiltshire ||224,000 ||145,000 |
|Worcestershire ||552,000 ||483,000 |
|Yorkshire[City/Ainsty] ||34,000 ||19,000 |
|Yorkshire East Riding ||40,000 ||28,000 |
|Yorkshire North Riding ||380,000 ||306,000|
|Yorkshire West Riding ||1,689,000||708,000 |
|Approximate totals ||13,124,000||5,416,000 |
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