FENLAND: Family history records to go online

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A major project to transfer around two million family records to a new online system, and continue to make them freely available, has been completed in Cambridgeshire

The project means the information is now online on a much easier to use and more reliable system. It has been made possible thanks to a partnership agreement between Cambridgeshire County Council Registration Service and the Cambridgeshire Family History Society which has led to a new system being developed.

This ensures continued access to the several million entries already online, and will now allow work to continue to complete the project.

Customers from around the world are able to search birth, marriage and death entries that have been recorded across Cambridgeshire from 1837 to the current decade, although it is a work in progress.

The free search facility, accessible through the County Council’s website at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/community/bmd/certificate, allows people to find details about their family tree and order certificates easily. It also allows people to apply for more recent entries online and apply for copies of their own family’s records.

Customers often tell the County Council they want more information and services online to ease access to information, and this is a good example of what can be achieved through partnership working.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Steve Tierney, Cabinet Member for Health and Well Being, said: “This has been a major project which ensures that index details can continue to be freely available at the click of a mouse. It spans nearly 200 years of history in Cambridgeshire. The project is part of the County Council’s commitment to make as much information as available as it can, as well as using the internet to help everyone access services and keep costs down. Customers can not only use CAMDEX to search their family history but also order and pay for certificates. I would like to thank the Cambridgeshire Family History Society as this project could not have been achieved without their support and the meticulous hard work of numerous volunteers.”

Terry Garner, Chairman of Cambridgeshire Family History Society (who have numerous resources available on their website at www.cfhs.org.uk) , said: “Volunteers of various local Family History Societies have worked, and will continue to work, with Cambridgeshire County Council tirelessly over the past 10 years to make this valuable resource available to people around the world. We are pleased that a partnership approach has secured easy access to this index data for many years to come”