National Burial Index Records

The project of creating the National Burial Index began in 1994 and was first published in 2001 and contained 5.4 million records. The burial records, derived from parish registers, bishops" transcripts, earlier transcripts or printed registers by local family history society volunteers have continued to grow, so much so that a second edition, containing 13 million records, was published in 2004.

The majority of the records cover the period from 1813 - 1850 but the index does extend significantly in both directions from these dates.

The National Burial Index (NBI) for England and Wales assists family historians in finding burial records and, in doing so, complements the International Genealogical Index (IGI), which is mainly a finding aid to baptisms and marriages. The NBI is becoming a national archive, giving worldwide access to sources held by those local repositories and family history societies and groups participating in the project.