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It is a while since we've given you all an update on the status of
FreeBMD, but rest assured, plenty has been happening in the
First, as of 17 July 1999 we have hit 249,973 transcribed records (so,
who is the slacker that missed those last 27?). Keep up the good work!
Second, we have now officially launched the FreeBMD syndicates. These
groups of people take on a range of entries to transcribe. They run
the actual transcribing and submission of entries.
A mailing list FreeBMD-Syndicates-l(a)rootsweb.com has been created as a
forum for transcribers and syndicate coordinators to compare notes,
liaise, help each other and hopefully make some friends along the way
If you are interested in coordinating a syndicate, or becoming a
transcriber, or even just helping to formulate how things work, please
join this list now.
We have some work to do to bring the web site in line to guide
potential transcribers into the arms of the syndicates, but we'd like
to see the syndicates list active first, so we can hear ideas for such
Third, the new "reconciled" search engine has gone online. This takes
all the transcribed records and attempts to reconstruct the original
indexes from them, showing you double-keyed and conflicting records
when you search. This version also creates a new database each time,
so the search facility is always available.
And last, but definitely not least, RootsWeb have generously offered
to donate a scanner to FreeBMD. We have many willing volunteers who
will soon be able to join FreeBMD as transcribers by accessing scanned
images of the indexes which will be placed on the web site. We are
also working with RootsWeb to make it possible to keep the scanned
records online permanently, and link them to the main database, so the
source can be seen.
Unfortunately (and we wish we always had problems like this!) it will
take some time to choose the right scanner, purchase it, write
software to support the process and so on, especially given that we
all now have children on summer holidays and demanding day jobs. If
anyone has experience with professional film scanners, we'd like to
hear from you.
Camilla, Ben and Graham.
"My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people: those
who work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the
first group; there was less competition there."
- Indira Gandhi