Findmypast Weekly Update: National Burial Index

A further 700,000 records are added to the National Burials Index of England and Wales, bringing the total to 17 million. The additions are for Kent, Staffordshire, Leicestershire, and Rutland.

The top counties and number of records are Yorkshire (West Riding) 1,688,205; Suffolk 1,317,469; Essex 1,277,853; Lincolnshire 886,242 and Staffordshire 882,271.

The National Burial Index began in 1994 as a project of the Federation of Family History Societies (now the Family History Federation) and was first published in 2001 with 5.4 million records. The burial records are derived from parish registers, bishop’s transcripts, earlier transcripts or printed registers by local family history society volunteers.

The version of the NBI sold at the FHF website on CD has 18.4 million records. 

Also added on Findmypast this week are nearly 4,500 records detailing the manumission (release from slavery) records of enslaved Jamaicans between 1747 and 1779.

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