Free UK Genealogy provides free, online access to family history records. We work with a team of dedicated volunteers to create high quality transcriptions of public records from governmental sources, parish churches, and other trusted institutions. We believe that Open Data and Open Source are key to making and keeping public records accessible to all. We work with others with the same concerns.
Our family history records can be found on 3 projects websites. So far, FreeUKGEN volunteers have made available:
- 337,000,000 births, marriages and deaths
- 41,000,000 records from parish registers
- 33,000,000 individuals from census data, from 1841 to 1891
We make the databases we create freely available for people to search in order to support their family history research. Unlike many sites, which are ‘pay-to-view’ after an initial search is carried out, our databases are completely free to search and view.
Our records are currently divided into three separate projects:
FreeBMD provides free access to births, marriage and deaths records. This resource is ideal for those beginning their family history research. The recording of births, marriages and deaths was started in 1837 and is one of the most significant resources for genealogical research. The transcribing of the records is carried out by teams of dedicated volunteers and contains index information for the period 1837-1983.
FreeCEN offers a free, online database of the 19th century UK census returns. Census data can provide the full name, exact age, relationship to head of household, sex, occupation, parish and county of birth, medical disabilities and employment status of an individual. Later census years have more information. FreeCEN are currently working on the 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, and 1891 census.
FreeREG houses our parish and nonconformist registers of baptisms, marriages and burials. The recording of non-civic registers began in England and Wales in 1538; this is separate and distinct from the civil registration process that began in 1837. We are currently developing a new version of FreeREG, which is halfway through its transformation. This will be a template for the future development of FreeBMD and FreeCEN.
Free UK Genealogy is a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation). We support the development of Open Source tools to aid community transcription of historical documents. We also encourage all activities designed to promote making family and wider history records available under Open Data formats.
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