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FreeBMD is an ongoing project, the aim of which is to transcribe the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales, and to provide free Internet access to the transcribed records. It is a part of the Free UK Genealogy family, which also includes FreeCEN (Census data) and FreeREG (Parish Registers). To search the records that have so far been transcribed by FreeBMD click on the Search button below.

The recording of births, marriages and deaths was started in 1837 and is one of the most significant resources for genealogical research. The transcribing of the records is carried out by teams of dedicated volunteers and contains index information for the period 1837-1983, BUT WE HAVE NOT YET TRANSCRIBED THE WHOLE PERIOD. A breakdown by event and year can be viewed here.

A message to FreeBMD Volunteers

Open Data and Transcriber Agreement

All volunteers in FreeBMD should have received an email in the middle of July 2016 from Dr Pat Reynolds Executive Director of Free UK Genealogy. The email included links to draft Open Data and Transcriber Agreement documents with any responses to be submitted by Saturday 27th August 2016. Responses can still be sent until advised to the contrary.

The subject line of the email line may possible have read FreeCEN July 2016 even if it was intended for FreeBMD volunteers.

This is an important email for volunteers to be made aware and if you haven't received a copy of the email please email

FreeBMD is exactly that - FREE. We do not make any charge whatsoever for use of the site. FreeBMD is a registered charity and our objective is to provide free online access to the GRO Index. However, FreeBMD costs money to run and if you would like to make a donation, by PayPal or other methods, please see here.

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The FreeBMD Database was last updated on Thu 29 Sep 2016 and currently contains 256,972,888 distinct records (328,275,024 total records).
On Fri 30 Sep 2016 FreeBMD users did 113,159 searches. (More information)

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