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TEN MILLION REASONS TO VISIT FREEBMD
Details of 10 million English and Welsh births, marriages and deaths
are now available for free on the Internet.
FreeBMD, the worlds biggest family history project is celebrating
having passed the 10 million milestone in its bid to transcribe the
indexes of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1900 and make
them available in a free, easily searchable internet database.
The project is being carried out by a world-wide group of more than
1550 volunteers and now gives anyone whose ancestors birth, marriage
or death was listed between those dates a one in ten chance of finding
them. Searchers all over the world have praised the site, saying it
has helped them find ancestors without spending hours trawling
patiently through records and every day a further 58,000 records are
Searches can be made for all entries of a particular name or narrowed
to include a certain range of years, type of event or area or county.
The database also includes a wildcard option so someone searching for
a particular name can also pull up variants.
Despite the celebrations, more volunteers are still needed to speed up
the rate at which entries can be made available. The majority of the
10 million entries have been transcribed in about a year which means
that unless more volunteers are found, the project could take another
ten years to complete. Volunteers only need a computer with internet
access and some spare time, and the project is ideal for one-finger
Details of how to get the best from a search and how to volunteer are
included on the FreeBMD website which can be found at
FreeBMD would like to acknowledge the generous assistance of
rootsweb.com and ancestry.com, without which this project would not
have been possible.