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National Burial Index - Overview

The National Burial Index (NBI) for England and Wales helps family historians find burial records. The current edition is known as NBI3.

Most of the index entries have been transcribed by members of family history societies. The sources used include parish registers, bishop's transcripts and earlier transcripts of printed registers, as well as the records of cemetery and crematoria.

NBI3 contains over 18.4 million entries, which have been harvested from some 9,100 locations in 50 counties.

As far as possible, we have avoided duplicate entries drawn from the same source. However, if the same event is recorded in more than one source (e.g. a parish register and also a bishop’s transcript), they may both appear as separate entries.

NBI3 is a finding aid, not a full copy. So when you discover an event that is important to you, it is wise to consult the original document, an image of it or a reliable full transcript. That will enable you to check for accuracy and maybe discover extra details.

We are grateful to the many volunteers whose work has made NBI3 possible. They have coped marvellously with difficulties such as the poor handwriting and missing or illegible sections of some of the original documents.

It has not been possible to check all the entries before they were included in NBI3. Each place is annotated with the percentage of entries that have been checked (and corrected where necessary) and are fully listed within the program itself.

Full instructions on how to install the program, start the Viewer and search the data entries are given in the comprehensive booklet enclosed with each CD pack.

NBI 3 will run on Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP.

If you have NBI2 you will need to upgrade to NBI3 to run on Windows 10. Find out how to upgrade here

You can find further information on these pages:

Future Development

NBI3 is the final edition to be available in a CD or similar format. Many, but by no means all, of the burials that appear in NBI3 have also been submitted to FindMyPast, where you can access them by buying a subscription or on a pay-as-you-go basis. It is likely that in due course additional burial records will become available on the FindMyPast site.

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