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 as such the whole index has not yet been transcribed. To see graphs of the percentage completion for a particular quarter click on one of the following links:
A count (rather than a percentage completion graph) of the number of records transcribed
for each event and year is available here
The FreeBMD Database was last updated on Thu 8 Apr 2021
currently contains 282,917,337 distinct records (369,658,143 total records).
Please note that the percentage completions are based on estimates and, in particular, a value of 100% does not guarantee that all entries have been transcribed. See below for further information on this.
How the percentages are calculated
The percentage coverage given by the above graphs is only an estimate for the following reason:
In view of this the percentages can be up to 2 percentage points out, for example a percentage of 60% could in reality be anything between 58% and 62%.
- The total number of entries in a year is based on GRO figures which may not be accurate.
- The GRO gives the total number of entries for deaths in a year, only to the nearest thousand.
- Where entries have been transcribed twice (for validation) we make an estimate of whether two entries that are different should be counted once or twice.
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