Friday, 11 July 2008

FindmyPast launches English and Welsh parish registers online has today announced the addition of parish records to their site from over 1,000 parishes across England and Wales, offering online access to baptism, marriage and burial records dating as far back as 1538. From today over 15 million parish burial records and memorial inscriptions will be available to view at, with a further 7 million baptisms, marriages and probate records to be made available online later this year.

The parish records collection brings together in one easy-to-search central place the disparate records from local parishes, which have been collated by local family history societies since 1911, coordinated by the Federation of Family History Societies. The registers are particularly valuable sources of information for research prior to the statutory records down south which began in 1837.

Complementing the records from the National Burial Index and the registration of death indexes (1837 - 2006), which are also available to view on the site, the parish burial registers are an extremely valuable resource for family historians, containing information such as key dates, relatives of the deceased and the place of abode. With the website's cross-database search facility, it is also possible to search for an ancestor by surname across all the parish records on the site without needing to know where in the country they came from.

For more information, visit the site at

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