Federation Of Family History Societies


NBI3 cover

The National Burial Index (NBI) is a database of entries recorded in English and Welsh burials registers - parish, nonconformist, Roman Catholic, Quaker and cemetery.

The 3rd Edition is expected to be even more popular than earlier editions.  Coverage is incomplete, but over 18.4 million records are included in this edition, covering 1538-2008. The NBI also incorporates those records previously published of which many have since been checked and corrected.  Millions of these records will not be found on any website.

Information for each individual includes:

  • Forename(s) and surname
  • date of burial
  • age (where given, generally post-1813)
  • details of place where the event was recorded; pre-1832 county definitions are used
  • the recording society, group or individual

No monumental inscriptions or death registrations are included.

System Requirements

You'll need a PC with at least 2.8Gbytes of free disk space, a CD or DVD drive, and running Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP.  Either the 32 or 64 bit versions of any of these operating systems are supported.  The search program & all of the data are installed on your hard drive, but the original CD is still needed in your CD/DVD drive each time you start the search program.

The NBI Third Edition is also capable of running on an Apple Mac computer using Apples Bootcamp, Microsoft Parallels or VMware's Fusion 4 Windows Emulation Packages. All the above require a licensed copy of Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 to be mounted on the computer prior to loading up the NBI3 program.

The Viewer program

The data is accessed by a dedicated search program, an update from the 2nd Edition viewer.  This has an improved system for retrieving surname variants.  But you can also search using wildcards, or select a surname from a scrolling list of all the surnames that occur in the database.

Unlike previous editions the entire NBI (search program and data) is installed entirely on to your hard drive which allows each search to operate on the entire dataset, 1538-2008.  This change from 4 CDs which were needed to view different historical periods has allowed us to pack the entire dataset on to a single CD.  It is still necessary, however, to have the original CD in your drive when you start the program because the disk includes a copy-protection system to prevent unscrupulous copying - a problem in the past.  The Viewer program includes facilities for printing the results from searches, and exporting to other applications via the clipboard or via an external file (comma-delimited, HTML and Gedcom are provided).

screenshot of NBI3 search screen
The Search screen with list of possible variants for a search on CUNNINGTON

screenshot of NBI3 search screen
The Results screen, with the Current Record dialogue showing James Cunnington, 1724


Please order your copy of NBI direct from FFHS Services Ltd

Alternatively, you may be able to buy a copy from your family history society.


Upgrades from earlier versions are no longer available.

Public Access Usage

For use in a Library or Archives Office, please contact FFHS Services Ltd for a Public Access Licence and fee charges. Email

FFHS Member Societies only may use this product within their research / library premises and for demonstration purposes without a Public Access Licence.

Licence Agreement

Some clauses from the NBI licence agreement which may be of interest to the user:

  1. You may use the software and data on only one computer
  2. You may print, photocopy or download portions of data for private research and study only. The data may be used and copied in this manner for relations and friends free of charge for non-commercial purposes.
  3. You may not make any full copies of the software or data.
  4. You may not publish or sell any portion of the software and data, in printed, electronic, or any other format, without prior written consent of the Licensors.
  5. You may not loan, rent, sublicense, or transfer the software or data except to give this entire package to another party, in which case you may not keep any copies of the software or data for your own use.

To avoid doubt, the provisions of the licence agreement are not intended to prevent you recording any individual items of data, or disclosing any individual items of data, free of charge, to friends or relations for non-commercial purposes.  Nor does it prevent printing, photocopying or downloading portions of data for private research or study.


Please see troubleshooting page

Data Errors

If you have any comments on entries in the NBI, please contact the relevant family history society or group. The submitter of each batch of records can be found within the product itself, and also on the Coverage tables.

Other Enquiries

For general enquiries on purchasing costs, distribution, discounts, please email or telephone 01706 524554

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