National Burial Index Online for England and Wales
March 21, 2010
The National Burial Index (NBI) is online for researchers of the United Kingdom. This project, started by the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) in 1994 and first published in 2001, contained over 5.4 million records. It covers the period from 1813-1837/1850, but the index does extend significantly in both directions from these dates. The indexes, derived from parish registers, bishops transcripts, earlier transcripts, printed registers, non-conformist records, cemeteries, or crematoria in England and Wales, are the work of local family history society volunteers.
First published in 2001, the project of creating the National Burial Index began in 1994 contained 5.4 million records. The burial records, derived from parish registers, bishops" transcripts, earlier transcripts or printed registers by society volunteers, has continued to grow so much so that a second edition, containing 13 million records, was published in 2004. Watch for the third edition online very soon.
The indexes contain the name of the deceased, burial date, age, parish, county, attribution code, and tells if the records have been checked and corrected. The information online however is limited.
The records of the NBI are available from FindMyPast, www.findmypast.co.uk, a commercial company. They continuously update the coverage. By following the link above you can see the list of counties available for England and Wales.
For inquires and more information on this subject, please visit the FFHS site at http://www.ffhs.org.uk/projects/nbi/nbi-overview.php, to find all the counties available.
INDIANA LOOSES HISTORICAL MUSEUM: Fire destroys so many memories and records. That is what happened during the holidays in December to the Columbus, Indiana Bartholomew County Historical Society. It destroyed over 75,000 items in their collection. The director Julie Hughes said the loss might be 80 percent of their holdings. The library was one of about 37 other businesses operating inside the 100-year-old building.
DESMOINES GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY ROOF COLLAPSE: Equally as devastating as a fire is the partial collapse of the roof caused by the first blizzard of this year. Volunteers worked to cover everything in plastic. It did about $60,000 worth of damage and reopened right away. www.browncountyindiana.com/index.php?id=2279 .
1930 CENSUS IMAGES ONLINE: Internet Archive, http://www.archive.org/details/1930_census, has the 1930 census online free, but it is an ongoing project. It is only the images without any index at this time.
Sometimes we know an ancestor lived in a town but we do not know where. If you knew the enumeration district (e.d.), your search goes much smoother. By visiting the FamilySearch.org at http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=subjectdetails&subject=870702&subject_disp=Census+districts+-+United+States&columns=*,0,0 you can find the e.d. and from there enter the Internet Archive site to continue searching the 1930 census. It narrows your search to the residents within the e. d., instead of searching the entire town. We used to search through the census page after page, but the commercial companies brought us into the 21st century.
I had rather find the ancestor by just typing the name and have the image appear. The library edition of Ancestry.com is available to you free of charge if you have a Plano Library card. Just type in the name you are searching into Ancestry.com and the people with that name in the targeted area pops-up on the screen. It is usually not difficult to determine the correct person when you get to that screen.
Brenda Kellow has a bachelor's degree in history, teaches, and lectures on genealogy. Before retiring to publish her family’s histories in 2007, Brenda held certification as a Certified Genealogist and as a Certified Genealogical Instructor. Send reunions announcements, books to review, and genealogy queries to: TracingOurRoots@gmail.com.