A Postem is a short message that is attached to any entry in
the FreeBMD database. The purpose of a Postem is to allow those searching
the database to leave information about an entry, for example to leave additional
details about the event. Postems are only for communication between those
searching the database; in particular, no-one in the FreeBMD project will be
reading the Postems so it is pointless putting comments or questions for the
project in a Postem.
Please bear in mind that the information in postems has not been
verified or checked by FreeBMD, in particular corrections in a Postem are
purely the opinion of the person who left the Postem.
How do I view a Postem?
When an entry has one or more Postems associated with it, the symbol
will appear beside the entry. Click on this
symbol or on the Info button to bring up the information about the
entry which will include the Postem or Postems associated with the entry.
How do I leave a Postem?
Click on the Info button next to the entry and when the information is displayed
click on the Add a postem link. This will take you to a page which will
allow you to type in your Postem. Type into the box below the picture the text
shown in the picture (this is necessary to detect the hundreds of spam Postems
we process every day). Please make sure you have the Postem correct
before you click on the Create button because once you have created the
Postem it cannot be cancelled or changed.
What is a Postem used for?
There are no restrictions on the uses of Postems (other than compliance
with the Terms and Conditions) but they are typically
used for the following:
Giving a correction to the information. Note that this can be used
to include corrections that cannot be submitted as a correction to the
database, for example where the entry in the index is in error.
Giving addition information about an entry, for example giving the
spouse name (where this is not in the index) or information from a certificate.
Indicating that you are researching a surname and inviting others to
contact you. In this case you need to leave your contact email address although
you should be aware that there is a remote possibility that this could be
"harvested" for spam (unsolicited emails).
Please note that the only effect of submitting a postem is to attach
the information you supply to the entry, in particular:
There is no point in leaving a request for information unless you also
leave a contact email address
A postem will only be seen by people who search for and find the
entry concerned, not by the FreeBMD project
It is very unlikely that the person who transcribed the record
will see a postem. To contact the transcriber (if they wish to be contacted)
go back to the Information page and
click on the transcriber name
Feedback about the use of FreeBMD
should be directed to the mailing list
If you have a correction to an entry, please click on
the button next to the entry and follow the
instructions for submitting a correction
To report a problem with the website email
Do not report that the wrong scan is associated with an entry, rather
use the facility to find the right scan and assign it to the entry -
see here for further information.