Today we have 939,900 index entries in the FreeBMD database.
We are still on target for 1 million entries by Jan 31. This is
particularly impressive considering the difficulties we are
experiencing at the moment.
There have been terrible problems with access to all parts of the
FreeBMD system. It's been very frustrating! The reason is the
surge in use of the server. RootsWeb are building a new server for
FreeBMD use and we are told it will be a next generation server
promising capacity and speed far beyond our current machine. We
are told the server will be ready any day now. It'll then take a few
days to move everything across.
Meanwhile, thank you for your patience.
There have been exciting developments in the FreeUKGEN arena this
week which some of you may be aware of. Rod Neep has launched FreeREG
which will place details from UK parish registers online for searching. See
This is a complementary project to FreeBMD and FreeCEN
(Census) which is also being developed. They have been grouped under the
The intention is to produce an online repository for transcriptions
and transcription projects covering UK records with the full support
for searching and also the support functions needed to coordinate
projects. This initiative complements GENUKI. RootsWeb is
hosting FreeUKGEN and is providing servers and server support.
We, the volunteers, will provide the transcriptions as well as the
structure, the programs, the web sites.
RootsWeb have also provided us with a mailing list - FreeUKGEN-
tech-l(a)rootsweb.com (or -d for digest form) for the use of the
programmers and techies. We hope to be able to share many of
the administrative utilities as well as search engines and the like
across the FreeUKGEN projects.
Camilla Gemmingen von Massenbach
FreeBMD co-Leader http://FreeBMD.RootsWeb.com/
IIGS member http://www.iigs.org/
Personal site: http://www.links.org/surnames.htm