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From: david mayall <>
Subject: Re: Can anyone give me a reference to a potted history of thetranscription of the uk gro bmd indexes?
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2009 10:24:07 +0100
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Yes,

we now have access to a (near) complete set of scans through to 1983.
These scans are being processed and uploaded at a rate of knots.


2009/6/30 Sue Barnard <>:
> Dave,
>
> Does FreeBMD now have access to the scans for the later records?
>
> Sue
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Robert Waite" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 9:06 AM
> Subject: RE: Can anyone give me a reference to a potted history of
> thetranscription of the uk gro bmd indexes?
>
>
>> No wonder then that commercial interest transcriptions are
>> not as accurate as the ones done by FreeBMD! Especially as
>> we have Independent Double-Keying as a matter of standard
>> procedure.  I for one trust FreeBMD/REG/CEN more than
>> commercial transcriptions.
>>
>> Bob
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From:
>> [mailto:] On Behalf Of
>> david mayall
>> Sent: 30 June 2009 08:18
>> To: seingier.bouchicot; freebmd-admins
>> Subject: Re: Can anyone give me a reference to a potted
>> history of the transcription of the uk gro bmd indexes?
>>
>> 2009/6/28 seingier.bouchicot <>
>>
>>> Hello,
>>>
>>> Can anyone give me a reference to a potted history of the
>>> transcription of the uk gro bmd indexes, one which
>> explains which
>>> organisations did what in the past and who's doing what
>> today ?
>>>
>>> I've been a transcribing for freebmd for only a few
>> months. Using my
>>> simple minded logic I'd assumed that freebmd was the only
>> organisation
>>> undertaking such a vast task. Today I'm wondering if that
>> assumption is true.
>>>
>>> In this space a few days ago there were comparisons of
>> databases
>>> available in ancestry and in freebmd. In ancestry there is
>> an access
>>> to a database of births 1837 to 1915 labelled as
>> transcribed by
>>> freebmd. In ancestry there is a second database for births
>> from 1916
>>> onwards, for which there is no mention of freebmd and I
>> find no
>>> mention of the origin. This second ancestry.com database
>> seems to be
>>> in advance of what is available on freebmd which surprised
>> me, hence the above question.
>>>
>>> Example : If you search for births of people called SWAIN
>> mother FLOOD
>>> between 1916 and 1939, ancestry finds automatically 3
>> people (the
>>> correct number), while freebmd only finds two people. It
>> doesn't seem
>>> to be an error in freebmd, because one of the
>> corresponding births in
>>> 1932 is not yet included in the freebmd transcribed index
>> database,
>>> whereas it is indexed in ancestry.
>>>
>>> That made me wonder who did the transcription work for
>> ancestry and
>>> hence my search for a history of the transcription process
>> which I
>>> have not found using google.
>>>
>>
>> Ancestry has a long standing agreement with FreeBMD that
>> allows them to use out transcriptions. provided they make no
>> charge for them (although clearly they use them as a "loss
>> leader" to attract people to their service.
>>
>> Recently, Ancestry took a decision, for their own business
>> reasons, to have
>> 1916-1983 transcribed by their own paid transcribers, and to
>> offer those transcriptions only as part of their paid
>> service.
>>
>> Clearly they believe that 1837-1915 is enough data to offer
>> as a loss leader, and equally clearly the fact that they can
>> offer more complete coverage of later records gives them (in
>> the short term) a distinctive product offering that they can
>> sell, and which will presumably generate revenue in excess
>> of the money they paid for transcription. Our work to
>> transcribe later records continues apace, and in a
>> relatively short time, we too will haver those records
>> transcribed.
>>
>> It is my understanding that the transcription work on the
>> 1916-1983 records would have been carried out by one of a
>> number of companies that Ancestry regularly use in India.
>>
>>
>> --
>> Dave Mayall
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