New database makes family research easier

PEOPLE in Cambridgeshire wanting to trace their ancestors can search a database containing more than 1.2million pieces of information dating back to 1837. Volunteers from family history societies across the region have been updating the Camdex database,

PEOPLE in Cambridgeshire wanting to trace their ancestors can search a database containing more than 1.2million pieces of information dating back to 1837.

Volunteers from family history societies across the region have been updating the Camdex database, which was set up five years ago, at a pace of 10,000 entries a week.

Born out of a partnership between Cambridgeshire County Council and Cambridgeshire Family History Society, Camdex is an on-line resource for the region's birth, marriage and death records. People using the database can search names and order copies of certificates from anywhere in the world.

After its launch in 2001 it received 61,000 hits in the first year and now receives on average 10,000 a month with requests from as far away as New Zealand.

The Camdex software was funded by the Registration Service and is updated from original registers.

INFORMATION: Visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk and select the births, marriage and deaths option.

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