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From: "Barry Callaghan" <>
Subject: Re: Ancestry database
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2006 22:23:26 -0000
The figure comes from the 'Distinct' category in the FreeBMD entry totals
for 27 Dec 2004.
The definition of these reads as follows: "... the number of records
counting multiple keyings of a record only once (i.e. this is the number of
records that would be returned from a search)."
It is these records I assume Ancestry holds as they clearly would not want
millions of duplicates.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Stephen Rowe" <>
Sent: Friday, January 13, 2006 9:28 PM
Subject: RE: Ancestry database
> Where did you find the figure of 92 million for Dec 2004? FreeBMD's site
> gives the number of records at 24/8/2004 as 100,000,000 - although, if you
> plot the growth of records, this figure is out of whack with the growth in
> record numbers both before and after.
> Either way though - given the number of records as at Dec 5 2005 was
> 134,984,907 - this is more than twice the number Ancestry are stating.
> Stephen Rowe
> RaceTime / RaceNews
> Melbourne Australia
> Family Web: http://rowe.racetime.com.au
> web : http://www.racetime.com.au
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Barry Callaghan [mailto:]
> Sent: Friday, 13 January 2006 11:23 PM
> Subject: Re: Ancestry database
> As a comparative newcomer to the transcriber ranks, my first uploads were
> not until March 2005, but I can confirm that none of my transcriptions
> yet made it onto Ancestry.
> However, you are correct to say that their total is much higher than 62
> million. Taking Martin's date of 24 Dec 2004 as a guide, it seems likely
> that Ancestry's version of the database dates back to FreeBMD's update of
> Dec 2004. At that time there were 92,560,889 distinct records on FreeBMD.
> So FreeBMD currently has 19 million more entries than Ancestry,
> 17% of the total.
> Barry Callaghan
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