Ancestry have issued a press release announcing their New Data
Collection for the UK and Ireland.
They now carry a copy of the FreeBMD database on their site. Access to
the FreeBMD records on the Ancestry site is free. You have to join to
gain access to some of their other data but this does NOT include the
Ancestry continued the RootsWeb sponsorship of FreeBMD and we have
always said they could take make the data searchable on their site as
long as they meet our criteria ... i.e. it is available free on the
As they are launching their new UK and Ireland section, they have taken
up this offer and have put a copy of FreeBMD on their site.
They are NOT allowed to make a charge for FreeBMD.
We see this as positive in a number of ways:
1) Ancestry have sponsored us well in the past and this makes their
commitment to the project that much greater.
2) People are now able to search on both the FreeBMD website or on
Ancestry, thus releasing some of the pressure on the FreeBMD website.
3) Ancestry have a different search engine and more horsepower, so they
can support a wider variety of queries than the FreeBMD site.
We appreciate the concern that this has caused but would like to assure
everyone that FreeBMD remains committed to putting the GRO indexes on
the Internet and searchable for free. We will not allow anyone, and nor
will the ONS from whom we have permission for the project, to put the
FreeBMD data on the Internet and charge.
Camilla von Massenbach
Corgi the transcribing duck
Arnold the scanning stegosaurus