Following last weeks press release by Ancestry a lot of questions were
raised about whether the data was on their free area or not.
We made them aware of this and I am happy to say that they have issued a
separate announcement in this week's Rootsweb Review.
We hope that this clarifies the position and makes it clear that the
FreeBMD data will not be charged for and is not part of the subscription
Here is the full article from Rootsweb Review:
ACCESS TO FREEBMD DATABASES.
An agreement has been reached with the producers of FreeBMD (Free Birth,
Marriage and Deaths) to mirror its data and make it freely available
online. The FreeBMD database is included in the free access area of
, plus FreeBMD continues to host the data on its site at
FreeBMD's mission is to provide free access, via the Internet, to the
Civil Registration index for England and Wales. The Civil Registration
system, which has been in place since 1837, is one of the most important
sources of genealogical research for those researching English and Welsh
"We are very pleased to have our information available to the millions
of people who pursue their family history through the free areas of
service," said Graham Hart of FreeBMD. "As a volunteer
effort, we are always eager to introduce more and more people to this
wealth of information, which is often so vital to research into their
families and the past"
"FreeBMD's collection of data is recognized worldwide as a premier
source for those tracing familial roots throughout England and Wales,"
said Andre Brummer at Ancestry. "Our pledge is to continue to recognize
and support worthy volunteer efforts such as FreeBMD that make critical
records freely available to the world."
FreeBMD has grown to include more than 18 million entries made by more
than 2,400 volunteers from all over the world. It was originally
conceived in 1998 by a couple of genealogists and a computer programmer
in order to make these valuable genealogical records more readily
available and free of charge to researchers. Joined by a fourth
genealogist on the core team, the project has evolved to include
literally thousands of volunteer transcribers who share the original
aim. Initially, permission was gained from the Office for National
Statistics and Crown Copyright notice is acknowledged. FreeBMD
information can be accessed at http://freeBMD.rootsweb.com
, or via the
Camilla von Massenbach
Corgi the transcribing duck
Arnold the scanning stegosaurus