The third edition of the National Burial Index (NBI) was released (seemingly without much fanfare) by the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) at Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010.
The NBI is a PC only database available on CD (see the website for system requirements). It is described as a complement to the IGI in that it does for burials what the IGI does for baptisms and marriages.
It is only an index, so don’t expect to find full details, and like any indexing project it is liable to errors, so always check the original.
The third edition contains 18.4 million entries, covering most of England and Wales. Some counties are seriously unrepresented, for example there are only 4,000 entries for Devon and more importantly for me, only 12,000 for Hampshire. I am pleased to say Sussex is now well represented. The FFHS website includes a useful breakdown of the coverage of the NBI, down to which parishes and date ranges are included.
The NBI retails at £30 for the full version and £15 for an upgrade from the second edition (if you return the first CD of the second edition). It is available through the FFHS and other genealogy suppliers. It is also listed on Amazon.co.uk although as I write this it is showing as out of stock.
Findmypast.co.uk includes records from an earlier edition of the NBI, but there is no indication whether this will be updated with the records from the new third edition.
I have recently been looking for family history events to attend in the UK, and I came across the GENEVA website. I haven’t seen this mentioned anywhere else before so I thought I would share it with you.
GENEVA describes itself as “an online calendar of GENenalogical EVents and Activites” and is run jointly on behalf of GENUKI and the Federation of Family History Societies. Most of the events seem to be located in England, although any events relating to UK and Ireland family history can be included.
It is not a comprehensive list, as it relies on the event organiser submitting the details of their event. Some of the events are society conferences, like the Sussex Family History Group conference on March 20th next year, so make sure you check details and membership requirements before attending. The calendar provides links to the event website where available.
Some are national events, like Who Do You Think You Are? Live next February and The Family History Event in May 2011, some are commercial family history fairs, whilst some are lectures or educational events.
There is a real mixture of events here, and certainly enough to keep me busy in between visits to the archives and visiting ancestral homes and churches (especially now winter is coming). If you are looking for family history events in the UK, then this calendar is a great resource.
I think my next event will be the West Surrey FHS Family History Fair and Open Day on the 31st October at Woking, Surrey. As well as lots of family and local history societies attending, I notice there will also be several postcard dealers as well, could be an expensive day out!