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BMD volunteer transcribers needed

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CupCakes Report 17 May 2013 16:44

Just wonder if anybody is interested in volunteering

Here is the latest Ezine from the Federation of Family History
Societies announces that the Federation are now putting
their name behind the Local BMD Project
See for details.

If you can help extend the range and growth of the Local BMD
Project please visit

:-D :-D :-D


CupCakes Report 21 May 2013 08:51

Nudge for those that missed this


Graham Report 21 May 2013 12:42

I'm grateful for the work these volunteers do; but it's not something I would do myself. When I look at websites that charge people to look at those transcriptions it seems that there is a group of people doing the work, whilst somebody else is getting paid for it. If I have to pay to look at the transcription, don't you think that the people who do those transcription should be the ones to profit from it?


Kense Report 21 May 2013 14:56

Most of the sites asking for volunteer transcribers are free sites. Others that charge usually pay their transcribers as far as I am aware.

I am very grateful to the volunteers on freeBMD, OPC, freeCEN, freeREG and familysearch and numerous others who put transcriptions on the web.


lancashireAnn Report 21 May 2013 14:59


the UKBMD sites that NanaSue is taliking about ARE free sites

they are extremely useful sites as they frequently contain info which is not available elsewhere such as mmn before 1911 or age at death before the 1860's

without volunteers for these sites and also for sites such as freebmd and freereg internet searching would be a lot more difficult.

In this day and age what would we do without freebmd? ALL of transcribed by volunteers.


BeverleyW Report 21 May 2013 18:17

FamilySearch, freecen, and freereg are also always looking out for volunteer transcribers.
These are free sites and unpaid volunteers, nothing to do with the expensive genealogy websites.


CupCakes Report 23 May 2013 13:39

Has any member actually volunteered as a transcriber.

Would be interesting for those house bound who are passionate about Geneaology.

Thinking of having a go myself anyway - would be so satifying

:-D :-D :-D


lancashireAnn Report 23 May 2013 13:58

I think you will find that many members are transcribers for one site or another. I do freebmd.


BeverleyW Report 23 May 2013 19:19

I do Freereg and Familysearch.
It's enjoyable and interesting work, especially the very old records from before 1837.


MarieCeleste Report 23 May 2013 19:25

I do a bit (full-time work and other commitments permitting) for a local WW1 commemoration project.


JoyDean Report 23 May 2013 19:30

My OH has bought fiches of parish registers, transcribed them onto his computer and been an OPC (online parish clerk) for some parishes; it is at times hard work helping people but also can be fulfilling and rewarding.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 23 May 2013 19:39

Give it a go NanaSue - as a side effect, some people find the actual act of transcribing quite relaxing if they are stressed, losing themselves in the images

Most (free) sites don't mind how few or how often you submit transcribed records, as long as you have done so to the best of your ability. Most groups have a 'closed' email group address so that transcribers can ask each other for help or a second opinion.


Inky1 Report 24 May 2013 09:27

I transcribed one of the 1861 microfilms for freeCEN. It was sent to me on a cd, and my transcribing was into a pre-formatted .csv worksheet.

Transcribing is certainly not a "five minute" job.

As indicated by others, it was rewarding. Not only was there the satisfaction of 'putting something back' in return for all the free records that I have used, but also I gained much insite into handwriting & spelling.


Penny Report 24 May 2013 10:11

Have done it, not actually doing it at themoment.

its rewarding, interesting, sometimes times consuming ( I'll just do a FEW more.....'') and at other frustrating- You see a place name and you know its spelled incorrectly, but have to transcribe not correct . You know very well that having transcribed Wetford, Hertfordshire that its 'Watford ' but ..... And you think '' well, they wont find HIM easily''


SheilaWestWilts Report 24 May 2013 15:45

I do it for Ancestry, don't get paid but you do get a discount on the subs.


JoyDean Report 1 Jun 2013 20:22

Will you give it a go, NanaSue?


CupCakes Report 1 Jun 2013 22:18

Don't have the time at the moment - am heavily involved with community work but will give it a go at some point


lancashireAnn Report 2 Jun 2013 13:26

NS - you don't need a vast a amount of time - just what you are able to do. I too am heavily involved in the community and do about 1 batch of indexes about every couple of months. Better than none at all


Jean Report 2 Jun 2013 14:28

We are lucky here in Lancashire we have a good BMD also a great Lancashire Parish Records (this is thanks to the loads of volunteers who give their time to do it) and this does cover all Lancashire.