The GENUKI church database originated as one containing the approximate location of the parishes that existed around 1837. Since then the database has had new fields added to contain additional information, many more churches have been added (in some areas), and more precise locations added where known.
The term church is used to refer to all places of worship and graveyards for convenience as there is no simple word which encompasses them all. However for individual churches we try to avoid using the word church where it is not appropriate for that denomination. Please be aware that the term church is used in reference to the congregation meeting at a particular place, rather than refering to an individual building. The records that we are interested in exist as a result of a group of people worshipping together and the registers reflect that rather than the physical church building. So founding and closing dates refer to the congregation rather than a particular building.
Information is continually being added to the database, and some areas contain substantially more information than others. As an example of the leve1 of coverage and detail which we hope to be able to provide, take a look at Barrow in Furness. N.B. Unfortunately - at the moment - we only hold information for Irish churches in Antrim. County Down, Tyrone and County Laois.
Further information about using the church database is provided on the help page which is linked from all the search pages.
Notes describing how you can help provide information for the church database. The church database is managed by individual county page maintainers and there is a more detailed description of how it is organised which is really only relevant to them. There are also statistics including the number of churches recorded for each county, and which county sections are currently being developed and expanded.