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16-11-2006, 9:35 AM
Howdy, i have just taken a quick look at the threads regarding the National Burial Index, have i read correctly that it doesnt actually cover all the years from 16th - 20th Century as stated . I am currently bidding for a 1st edition set and i am now wondering if it was a good idea ! but i have only skimmed through the threads as i am at work and need to get some of my work done !
16-11-2006, 9:44 AM
Coverage of the NBI is variable, some shires are well covered, others are not. Like any aid it has its uses but is not complete. I do not have a copy and do not know the terms of the licence under which it is sold (i.e. whether it can legally be re-sold through an auction site which is what appears to be happening here). Be careful buying from auction sites, there are a lot of spurious copies of CDs for sale.
16-11-2006, 10:10 AM
Don't bid too much, Maria! I wouldn't say it's worth more than a tenner.
As it's now on version 2, there may not be a description of the coverage available on the internet any longer.
A large chunk of the NBI is available online at Family History Online (pay as you go).
If they have what you want, that might be better value for money.
16-11-2006, 10:15 AM
From the Edition 1 Help:
What is It?
The National Burial Index (NBI) is an index of burial entries recorded in parish, nonconformist and cemetery registers between the 16th century and modern times. Over 5.4 million records are included, taken from some 4440 burial registers. The coverage is best for the period 1813-1837, but there are also burials included from a much wider period. No monumental inscriptions are included.
It is as Geoffers pointed out far from complete at this stage.
16-11-2006, 1:35 PM
Thanks to you all for taking the time to reply back , i will take note of what you have said, i dont want to spend more than £10 for it as i dare say it will not reveal too much .
19-03-2009, 4:07 PM
I wish Id seen this before wasting £36 at a family history fair recently,it states on the back cover that it includes thousands of entries for Lancashire but it actually doesnt have any for south Lancashire at all and nothing much for Cheshire,only tiny villages,for example ,in the large parish of Great Budworth, there are about 3 records,its absolutely useless to me I havnt found one record pertaining to my ancestors and I have over 600 people.GRRRR.Now what do I do?On principle I wont buy anything from them ever again as I feel robbed. :(
19-03-2009, 4:25 PM
I got the NBI a couple of days ago and it doesn't have a lot for me - but it did have my two great aunt twins who both died within 6 days of being born. I didn't realise it was them on Ancestry as the name was wrong, but on the NBI it was the correct name and gave me date of burial too - so for me ... it was worth it :)
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