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Free family history website FreeBMD celebrates 20 years of helping genealogy researchers

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The Free UK Genealogy (FreeUKGEN) charitable organisation is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its hugely successful FreeBMD website with a special one-day event at The National Archives which is, of course, free to attend.

 

FreeBMD was one of the world’s first ‘crowdsourcing’ projects when it launched in 1998 and volunteers began transcribing the General Register Office indexes of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales. Today, thanks to its army of volunteer transcribers across the globe, FreeBMD has made 342 million BMDs available online for free.

 

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The site is highly regarded in the family history community, helping countless researchers to trace their trees. Now FreeUKGEN, which also runs the FreeReg and FreeCen sister sites, is inviting users to join in a celebratory meeting at Kew on 15 September to raise a glass to its oldest project and meet some of the volunteers who make it all possible. Arrival is from 11.30am with the meeting due to end at 4pm. There will be speakers and presentations, and refreshments.

 

The event is free but please register online or email info@freeukgenealogy.org.uk with enquiries. The event will be live-streamed on FreeUKGEN’s YouTube channel and made available to watch after the event.

 

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