What is FreeREG?

What is FreeREG?

FreeREG is a part of the Free UK Genealogy Charity and a companion to FreeBMD (which is a database of the General Register Office (GRO) birth, marriage and death indexes from 1837) and FreeCEN (which is a database of census information). Even so, you should not expect to find all your ancestors in the database yet.

Can you access parish records online?

Some are indexed, and some searchable from home. Ancestry, findmypast, DustyDocs, and others also have online parish records and indexes. Check both location and historical records for the greatest accuracy.

How do I find my parish records?

You will usually find parish registers at the local County Record office, or at websites like TheGenealogist that offer searchable transcripts and original images.

How do I find marriage records for free UK?

Our records are currently divided into three separate projects:

  1. FreeBMD provides free access to birth, marriage and death records.
  2. FreeCEN offers a free, online database of the 19th century UK census returns.
  3. FreeREG houses registers of baptisms, marriages and burials of the Church of England and other organisations.

Is Genuki free?

GENUKI is a directory website–it directs you to other websites through links. For that reason, its use is totally free–though it may link you to websites which require payment. GENUKI was created and is maintained by volunteers and it is not to be used for commercial purposes.

How can I find a marriage record online for free?


  1. FamilySearch is a free website with indexes and some images to many Family History Library vital records collections.
  2. GenWed is a free genealogical research database for marriage records and a directory to other marriage records online for the United States.

Do churches keep records of marriages?

Church records contain information about births, marriages, deaths, baptisms, and christenings. Prior to the 1800s (when many Western countries began taking censuses), church records are often the most reliable documentation of major life events.

Do churches keep records of baptisms?

Many churches retain records of the baptisms that were conducted within their walls. You may be able to have them provide you a copy of your or your child’s baptismal record directly. Some churches may no longer retain copies of baptismal records from many years ago due to space restrictions.

What does SP mean in ancestry?

sine prole
s.p. = sine prole; without offspring.

What does Genuki stand for?

GENUKI is an acronym for “Genealogy for the United Kingdom and Ireland,” and it is one of the premier websites for the purpose stated by its name.

Are there any errors in the FreeREG database?

The FreeREG database is just a finding tool. Whilst we make every effort to ensure accurate transcription, errors exist in both the original register and the transcription. Please verify any result with a copy of the register at your local library, County Record Office, Family History Society or similar resource.

Is the first year optional in FreeREG search?

Abbreviations and Latin versions of the forename (first-name) will be included automatically First year Optional, YYYY. The first year you want to search Last year Optional, YYYY.

Is the Church of England part of FreeREG?

FreeREG houses registers of baptisms, marriages and burials of the Church of England and other organisations. The recording of non-civic registers began in England and Wales in 1538; this is separate and distinct from the civil registration process that began in 1837. Free UK Genealogy is a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation).

What is the purpose of the Free Registry?

FreeBMD is an ongoing project, the aim of which is to transcribe the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales, and to provide free Internet access to the transcribed records. It is a part of the Free UK Genealogy family, which also includes FreeCEN (Census data) and FreeREG (Parish Registers).