“The aim of FreeReg is to provide free Internet searches of baptism, marriage, and burial records, which have been extracted from parish registers, non-conformist records and other relevant sources in the UK.”

FreeReg has over 35 million records including over 17 million baptisms, almost 6 million marriages, and over 12 million burials. “FreeReg database is just a finding tool. It should not be considered to be *proof* that such an event was recorded. Always confirm its content with the actual register at a County Record Office.”

“The recording of baptisms, marriages and burials in parish registers began in England and Wales in 1538 and is separate and distinct from the civil registration process that began in 1837. (The latter is covered by our companion project, FreeBMD.) We want to make it easier for researchers, no matter where you are in the world, to find a specific record relating to your ancestor within a church register.”FreeReg is a relatively new project but due to the work of a dedicated set of volunteers we already have some 35 million records in the database. Even so, you should not expect to find all your ancestors in the database yet.”

Comments

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.