Latest News on Lancashire BMD -

    After almost 10 years work our share in this massive project is now over, and the entire Burnley Registration data (up to 1974) is now freely available on-line for researchers. This brilliant facility is the product of the efforts of many people over the years, and the team deserves gratitude for all their hard work and dedication. It has all been really worthwhile, as such a lot of family historians are now benefiting from this excellent research tool. A great many thanks to everyone who has taken part!

    The aim of the project, which commenced in the county around 2002, was to collaborate with the local Registration Services to make the pre-1950 indexes of Births, Marriages and Deaths freely searchable via the Internet on the Lancashire BMD website.  The branch joined the project around 2004, working with the Registration Service at Burnley and continued to work with the now consolidated Lancashire Registration Service at Preston.  The Burnley Registration area covers Barnoldswick (formerly Yorks), Barrowford, Bracewell (formerly Yorks), Briercliffe, Brierfield, Burnley, Colne, Earby, Fence, Foulridge, Gannow, Great Marsden, Habergham Eaves, Hapton, Holme in Cliviger, Kelbrook, Little Marsden, Nelson, Newchurch in Pendle, Padiham, Trawden and Worsthorne.

    Although this is often referred to as a Branch project, it is, in fact, a Society project.   Other branches are working with their respective Registration Services.  10-years on and the whole project is now drawing to a close; a few branches have still to complete, but the bulk of the work has been done, with many registers completed up to 1974 and now available free on-line.  For the latest situation check out Lancashire BMD Latest Updates.

Future Projects -

    Now that the BMD project is finished, our attention can be turned to other possible projects, and to assess which should now take priority. Hopefully, we will soon be able to recruit a new Projects Co-ordinator to oversee any future work, as well as the checking and correction of several incomplete projects, (available in draft form on the Branch computer.)