England Deaths and Burials - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Access the records: England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991 .

Collection Time Period

This index covers events from 1538 through 1991.

Record Description

This index is an electronic database of information compiled from a variety of sources including the following:

  • Family Records
  • Church Records
  • Civil Registration

This index is not complete for any particular place or region.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in death or burial index entries may include:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Name of the spouse (if married)
  • Death or burial date
  • Death or burial place
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

How to Use the Record

Use this index to help you learn more about your ancestors. The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.

It may be necessary for you to conduct a number of searches by father's first name variant to identify all children in the index. Before 1812 both parish registers and Bishop's Transcripts vary in entry for baptism and manuscript entries may contain abbreviation like Wm. (William) Thos. (Thomas). Abbreviations, diminutions (Will, Tom) and variant spelling should all be attempted as search parameters and a single Exact search may not return a result for these reasons. This is not a problem within the search engine but the original record data may be outside the possibility you are searching for and you may need to vary the search parameters to identify the data.

By searching on father's name and a wide year range in the parish it is often possible to locate the baptisms of siblings and if the baptismal register contains Mother's first name this may reduce the number of results from a search. It is possible that more than one father with the same given name and surname in the parish may have children baptised in the same period.

In order to identify the source material for an entry in this index, locate the source film number. This can then be searched in the Family History Library Catalog to obtain the relevant film. As FamilySearch wiki builds you will find the source films referred to in tables for each parish. You may use the reference to the individual and event and the reference usefulin conjunction with FHL Lookup Services to find a single event or individual or examine the microfilm(s) indicated.Most archives in Britain also offer a similar service if you are resident there but unable to visit the archive where the record is deposited to conduct a personal search.

Duplicated results in a search may be caused by more than one record source on different source films. It is possible that variation in dates for an individual may be due to reading of banns, objections to marriage, marriage bonds, as well as the marriage entry itself. The search engine will return a number of results for events where more than one source is involved. There is also a possibility of human error both in the original record entries in source material and indexing.

Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection

Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:

If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the Family History Library Catalog.

Record History

For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies or microfilm hard copy print outs of the original records. In 2001, some of the entries were published on 6 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the "British Isles Vital Records Index: England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales." This is an index of some deaths or burials throughout England. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.

The transcription effort initially was limited in scope and attempted to retrieve simple names, event type, date and place and relationship. More Baptismal and marriage events were included than burials.

Why This Record Was Created

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored the indexing of this collection to help individuals find information about their ancestors.

Record Reliability

Church records and civil registration were official records and are some of the most reliable sources of information available for those who were born, married, or died in England.

How Has This Article Helped You?

Related Web Sites

England Marriages, 1538-1973

www.freebmd.org.uk 1837 to present day.  Birth, Marriage and Death registration quarterly index, the transcriptions are still in progress and are freely available.  The website explains the registration process and its chronological implementation.  The website provides access to their images of the index and a double entry checking system for early years of manually compiled quarterly index years before the introduction of typed inddexes as well as the opportunity to correct entries in the database.

The General Register Office had both a local and national index. Many local Registration offiices historical registrations since 1837 are now computerised by either the registration service or by local community volunteers. Within the FamilySearch wiki in individual parish pages you may find links to local databases such as Cheshire BMDLancashire BMD which enable you to search for and print applications direct to the local registration service. These arrangements result in much faster certificate production than application to the national agency.

Efforts are underway to provide online access to every local and national registration of Birth, Marriage and death from the September 1837 quarter in England and Wales.

Two other websites are also available,

www.freereg.org.uk a database of church records for some of the English Counties and still "work in progress".  Some records are incomplete due to their destruction and others through non-availability.

www.freecen.org.uk a database of the English and Welsh Census records, 1841 and thereafter every 10 years up to 100 years ago (1911 census).  This is still a "work in progress" project.

The above websites are all charitable and rely on volunteer transcribers as can be seen from the websites.

Related Wiki Articles

England Church Records

Known Issues With This Collection

Some of the data will display incorrect film numbers, incorrect localities, etc.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection, please read the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, feel free to report them at support@familysearch.org . Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

These index only collections were transcribed from microfilm or hard copy image prints from microfilm by volunteers using a variety of computer software to compile index entries many years ago and the initial index was published on CD sets. When the CD sets were removed from distribution it was decided to publish the collection online.

However the computer data entry and assembly methods used in the various system origins denoted in the index  derived from an early extraction program without the benefits of modern processing standards. FamilySearch made a decision to publish this data as "What you see, is what you get", the reasoning being that the benefits of the majority of the data outweighs the errors that occasionally occur.

In a number of microfilms the place data entry fields where more than one parish is itemised on the microfilm have the first place name entry entered for all parishes. This human error is difficult to fix and FamilySearch was aware of several of these errors at the time of publication online.

As FamilySearch indexing projects cover parishes with these problems in future the Family search Indexing material will replace the older index material. It is also possible that images will be published for parishes and the indexes will therefore be replaced.

However the index is used daily as a pointer to source records by thousands of researchers and rather than remove it to make corrections FamilySearch reports known issues within the relevant parish page by reference to the film.

A variety of system origins may be found within the collection and these are indicative of the era of the index and software employed for data entry.

In Norfolk it is possible that some Diocese of Norwich Archdeacon's transcript place entries may appear as Norwich, Norfolk rather than the actual parish.

In some London parishes a similar issue has been found, but a search by the source film number may disclose the parish name.

Parishes with known issues are referred to in the parish page of the FamilySearch wiki. Go to the page for each county Parishes e.g. Kent Parishes then locate the parish Ripple, Kent Genealogy and if the index is known to contain errors refer to the Church Records paragraph for details.

The treatment of some Suffolk Bishop's Transcripts place data entry field has been found to be incorrect. Since all of these are included in the International Genealogical Index where batches are found to be accurate it is recommended that you search the event there. Bishop's transcripts for the Archdeaconry of Sudbury film 989534 for example is correctly indexed in the International Genealogical Index batch M132331 for the parish of Lawshall, Suffolk Genealogy but was incorrectly confused with Somerton, Suffolkin England Easy batch M01619-4 which duplicates entries for marriage events on that film. This known issue will be corrected in future.

Known issues include:

Bagthorpe, Norfolk Genealogy

Chard, Somerset Genealogy

Charlton Adam, Somerset Genealogy

Charlcombe, Somerset Genealogy

Charlton Horethorne, Somerset Genealogy

Charlton Mackrell, Somerset Genealogy

Cross Stone, Yorkshire Genealogy

Englishcombe, Somerset Genealogy and Exton, Somerset Genealogy

Great Yarmouth, Norfolk Genealogy

Heptonstall, Yorkshire Genealogy

Liverpool St Andrew, Lancashire Genealogy and Liverpool St Anne, Lancashire Genealogy

Mavesyn Ridware, Staffordshire Genealogy and Rushall, Staffordshire Genealogy

Old Buckenham, Norfolk Genealogy

Ramsgate Holy Trinity, Kent Genealogy

Ripple, Kent Genealogy

Sparham, Norfolk Genealogy

Swingfield, Kent Genealogy

Westbere, Kent Genealogy

Contributions To This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Historical Records/Guidelines for Articles.

Sources of Information for This Collection

"England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991," database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/). Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: How to Cite FamilySearch Collections

Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection:

"England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991." index, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org): accessed March 4, 2011. entry for Jacobus Bannon: died, 21 August 1863; citing Death Records, FHL microfilm 2,046,575; Index entries derived from digital copies of originals housed in various repositories throughout England.