"On Saturday I tried again to trace my father, and lo and behold Births Mar 1898, GROVES Arthur Thomas, Sherborne 5a, 320, woode appeared.
After more rejection slips than any failed author, I am now looking at his birth certificate.
Now I can really start to delve.
Many thanks, from a very satisfied customer.
marriages June 1869. Thanks for the transcribing you have done. One of the records you have transcribed has helped me in my research.
Cheers. Steve, London.
Thank you for your efforts with BMD Free. You have helped me to find a long lost ancestor.
I appreciate your special efforts.
Terry Hampton USA.
I just wish I could hug the person who found and posted my great grandparents marriage info..I had been looking for them for years..I was able to order their certificate..and many others..The GRO and I have become great friends...They have my money and I have copies of the certificates that I have ordered...This sight it wonderful...It is a shame that Canada and the US does not have this...too...I will try to get with the program after the new year.
Thanks for all you and the others have done thus far..
I would like to say a big thank you to all fellow transcribers and everyone involved in the running of FreeBMD. I have just searched for my great grandparents and found both entries straight away, so I can now order a marriage certificate.
Well done everyone!
The following message was sent to the Liverpool genealogy list:
It had been a good while since I went on the FreeBMD site. I am so pleased to have managed to locate 3 marriages on there including my elusive Thomas John LEE!!, Elizabeth BOND, and Alexander ROSS now just need to obtain the certificates!!
Would recommend anyone who hasn't been on there for a while to have a look.
A very pleased Jayne in the Midlands
ltbradley wrote to the Kent list in Aug 2002:
"I successfully used FreeBmd this evening, I am in the USA and awake...FreeBMD gets better and better..."
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I used the search facility in an idle moment and was surprised that two very elusive marriages I have spent good money on trying to find came up. Through FreeBMD I have found about 40% of the BMD records of my family.
Steve Gaunt 8 Aug 2002.
I wanted to find my Grandfather and Grandmother on your Free BMD, all I had was their names and no dates at all, although I knew the area was Birmingham, and within 5 minutes up he popped on your website, I have now purchased their marriage certificate following your very helpful instructions, I now know so much more about them, and look forward to finding other members of the family, can't thank you enough. kindest regards and success to you all.
Mrs Phyl Robinson.
With the new update we have found the very elusive birth registry for my husband`s mother...I was checking to see my own transcribed records that had been uploaded to the site and Lo and Behold there she was ( not one of mine but one of someone`s !!! SEPT. 1898 WILSON, DOROTHY SARAH S. WILSON, KENSINGTON 1A...137
We know she was actually born in Holborn but upon checking discovered that Kensington was the actual Registry District at the time....so great work everybody...when you actually find one that you yourself have been looking for, the job we do becomes that much more real......
Jean Norley, Scan2 597
I recently used FreeBMD to trace a relation and their family unit which
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information to the local registrar for him to confirm the family details.
No wonder your popularity is growing at a faster rate than the number of
John Dyson, Sheffield
I have just visited your web site again after a break of a couple of months, and you have made huge progess in improving the records. Today I have found 3 marriages and one birth that had previously eluded me, despite extensive manual and online searching.
Many thanks for providing this extremely valuable resource.
What you are doing for genealogy is beyond complimenting. This effort is also beyond superlatives.
If I may say a humble "Thank you all!"
I would like to tell you just how much help your site has been to me. Living in Australia it is very expensive as well as difficult to get information on my ancestors. However, with the help of FreeBMD I have found a great deal of information that has enabled me to go further.
Keep up tjhe good work.
Joan Jennings, Australia
How wonderful to have returned from vacation and checked to see what was going on and low and behold found 3 of my unable to locate births and marriages. It just makes me tingle...
I am a transcriber and have been slow but these latest finds have built a large fire under me. The births I have been transcribing are now going to fly like the wind to the site.
Thanks again for this wonderful site - what a great idea and huge bouquets to the people who started same and continue to manage it so beautifully.
Barbara in Canada
The information you provided knocked down a 4 year old brick wall I have been trying to scale. Without having to spend hundreds of hours and a small fortune searching each district and town/parish, I found my gggrandparents from Cornwall, England.
Thank you again,
Thank you for solving not only one, but with the latest additions, two of my intractable problems - and they were both many miles away from where I expected them to be.
Many thanks for saving me hours of fruitless search.
Dear Free BMD
I think the new look search page is excellent. And the speed you are getting stuff up now is nothing short of miraculous. Well perhaps miraculous is a bit of an exaggeration but the whole project is fantastic.
Regards - Ann
I just wanted to say thank you to you and your transcribers. You are doing a wonderful job and I think you deserve lots of praise for your efforts.
Its so kind of people to give up their free time to help. I only wish I didn`t have quite so much work to do at Uni otherwise I`d be joining in. Hopefully the project will go on for quite some time and I`ll be able to give back something to the project which has given so much to me already.
all the best
Sarah MacLean, Cambridge, UK
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