In September, we proudly annouced FreeBMD reaching the three
million mark. The current database update contains over five and a
half million records. This works out at over 20,000 records per day
on average since September, more than one every five seconds.
Recently, an amazing 40,000 records have been reaching FreeBMD
every day. Every expectation and target is broken.
Enthusiastic volunteers have supported us and enabled FreeBMD to
grow and accommodate our ever growing force of transcribers. The
web site has been reorganised; the syndicate organisers have been
provided with extra support and advice; the transcribers with an
indispensible and authoritative Knowledge Base; new (and old but
maybe less seasoned) transcribers with personalised help and
troubleshooting; database support functions have been programmed
and improved; information and background to the registration
districts incorporated; massive amounts of scanning, printing and
distributing of records has occurred; circulars have been written
and sent out across the mailing list universe; and lastly, but most
importantly, volunteers have worked for half an hour or more per
week transcribing and uploading their efforts to FreeBMD at
Finally, two of our volunteers, Roy Jennion and John Pain have managed
to secure a complete set of film, all events, 1837-1900. Ancestry have
kindly sponsored its purchase. All we need to do now is to figure out
how to scan all that stuff as quickly as you are transcribing it!
If you know someone who can spare half an hour a week and some
finger power, please point them at the web site
We only have another 95 million odd records to go.....
FreeBMD is transcribing the birth, marriage and death indexes of
England and Wales 1837-1900 and placing the searchable database
on the Web for free access.