ROOTSWEB REVIEW: Genealogical Data Cooperative Weekly News
Vol. 1, No. 16, 30 September 1998; Circulation: 215,000+
Copyright (c) 1998 RootsWeb Genealogical Data Cooperative
Editors: Julia M. Case and Myra Vanderpool Gormley, CG
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FREEBMD PROJECT. FreeBMD is the new online vital records source for England and Wales. The vital records indexes for England and Wales, referred to as the General Register Office (GRO) Indexes or the St. Catherine's Indexes, remain the only source for obtaining birth, marriage or death certificates (beginning 1 July 1837) if you don't know where the event took place. From the references in the indexes you can order the correct certificate. The FreeBMD project has obtained permission to transcribe these indexes and place them on the Internet with a powerful search engine for free access. Volunteers will send in the references they have looked up and these will be stored in a database. The FreeBMD project is expected to take forever probably, and the next 15 years certainly.
At this stage, FreeBMD is developing the database, records management and search engine software as well as designing the Web site. FreeBMD uses Mike Foster's transcriptions as test data http://www.cs.ncl.ac.uk/genuki/StCathsTranscriptions/. For more information or if you think you can help now, please join the mailing list by sending your SUBSCRIBE request by e-mail to: FreeBMD-Admins-Lfirstname.lastname@example.org.
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