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  1. FreeBMD A cooperative Internet project to place the GRO Indexes on the Internet.

  2. Introduction • Who am I ? • Graham Hart – Co founder of FreeBMD • Email: graham@the-harts.co.uk • http://www.freebmd.org.uk

  3. Topics of Discussion • What is FreeBMD? • Demonstration of the site • Commonly asked questions • The Future • Questions

  4. What is FreeBMD? “The FreeBMD Project's objective is to provide free Internet access to theCivil Registration index information for England and Wales.” FreeBMD is a work in progress • 51,817,172 unique records and counting

  5. Why start FreeBMD? • Lots of transcribers on Internet • Of interest to all UK genealogists

  6. Why the GRO Indexes with all their known faults? • They are the best we have • National coverage • Source records available worldwide

  7. Why can’t I get through ? • Server too busy • Try narrowing the search • Check the busy times

  8. Demo of FreeBMD

  9. How is it FreeBMD organised ? • Syndicates of transcribers • Scans

  10. Quality Control • Type what you see • Double keying • Always check back to the source

  11. Types of errors • Mistranscription of GRO Indexes • Errors in the actual indexes • District numbers not matching • Wrong page numbers

  12. How can it be free? • Sponsorship • Ancestry • AL Digital Hosting • Volunteers’ Time

  13. Future Functionality • Enhancements of the search facility • Linking results to images • Accepting non index changes • Corrections driven by Double Keying

  14. Future Direction • Charity • Government White Paper • Other BMD sites

  15. Questions