• Turn Black Friday into Give Back Friday!

    We need your help. Turn Black Friday into Give Back Friday!

    We've joined Easyfundraising where whenever you buy anything online, you can raise a free donation for Free UK Genealogy. There are nearly 3,000 retailers including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury's, who will donate a percentage of the amount you spend to Free UK Genealogy to say thank you for shopping with them and it won't cost you a penny. There are no catches or hidden charges and by shopping in this way, Free UK Genealogy will receive funds which will help keep our data available, free of charge.

    This Friday (27th November) shops across the UK will be holding the biggest sales of the year, meaning it's the perfect time to pick up party dresses, grab gifts and take advantage of tech bargains.

    Collect free donations for us, all you have to do is:

    1. Join - Head to http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/freeukgenealogy and sign up for free. In fact if you use this invitation link we will get an extra £1 donation - but you will need to look for us in the list of good causes.

    2. Shop - Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first, pick the retailer you want and start shopping.

    3. Raise - After you've checked out, that retailer will make a donation to Free UK Genealogy for no extra cost whatsoever!

    Don't forget if this is not for you, there are plenty of other ways you can help us support our projects http://www.freeukgenealogy.org.uk/about/donate/

    Please help us to keep history free and thank you for your support this Give Back Friday.

  • Explore Your Archive Week 14 - 22 Nov 2015

    Delve into our treasure trove

    As part of the Explore Your Archive campaign, which begins on Saturday 14 November, Free UK Genealogy is encouraging people to take the time to visit FreeBMD, FreeREG, FreeCEN to get free public access to family history records.

    The Explore Your Archive campaign is encouraging people to discover the stories, the facts, the places and the people that are at the heart of our communities. Archives across the UK and Ireland are taking part to raise awareness of the value of archives to society and the rich variety of content that is held, preserved and made available to users.

    While only a small percentage of material held in archives is available online, you can take part by exploring indexes of Births Marriages and Deaths, historic Parish Registers and 19th Century Censuses, free of charge from the comfort of your own home through our websites.

    To find out more about the campaign and how you can start your own adventure visit http://www.exploreyourarchive.org/ or visit www.freebmd.org.uk, www.freereg.org.uk and www.freecen.org.uk

  • FreeBMD - a Christmas Reflection

    As Christmas approaches it may be of interest to reflect on the huge progress made by the volunteers transcribing for FreeBMD. Since its inception, some sixteen years ago, FreeBMD have transcribed over 309 million records and adding a further 33 thousand records a day. This has been achieved over the years by 12,000 volunteers with about 600 volunteers currently active in transcribing.

    We have 28 active syndicates transcribing both handwritten and typed index pages with some of the syndicates being involved in independent double keying to improve the accuracy of the database.Some of the Syndicates are now working on year 1975 with others working on filling in missing holes in the earlier years.

    Progress can be seen via the FreeBMD progress page

    A big thank you to present and past transcribers.

    Allan Raymond
    FreeBMD Coordinator of Syndicates
    (Taken from the FreeBMD mailing list)