Ben Laurie blathering

FreeBMD Wins Society of Genealogists’ Award

Many years ago Graham Hart, Camilla von Massenbach (my wife) and I started FreeBMD, little realising that over the years it would become one of the world’s most popular genealogical websites fuelled by one of the world’s largest volunteer transcribing efforts. Recently, the Society of Genealogists recognised the importance of the effort with their Prince Michael of Kent award. Although the plaque reads

Society of Genealogists
Prince Michael of Kent Award 2007
Awarded to the trustees of FreeBMD
In acknowledgement of the outstanding contribution to Genealogists across the globe by offering free access to the Births, Marriages and Deaths Indexes online.

it is really the thousands of volunteers who have worked tirelessly on this project that deserve all the credit.


  1. Well done to you, the Trustee’s whom without your idea to publish on the internet, the many thousands of volunteers,[whom as you so rightly say deserve credit too]
    This is such an invaluable tool for all seeking to research their own family tree’s.
    Congratulations Well Deserved to all

    Comment by Jo Patererson [Mrs] — 6 Jan 2008 @ 14:01

  2. Its a wonderful job you have done. It’s a pity that it’s incomplete and in some
    instances totally inaccurate.

    Would you kindly advise how I may provide you with corrections.

    Comment by Alan Tollemache — 5 May 2008 @ 6:05

  3. Alan

    I assume you mean “in some instances inaccurate” , rather than “in some instances totally inaccurate”?

    It’s easy to submit a correction.

    1. After you have carried a search, click on the Info button to the right of the entry in question after which follow the instructions.

    Comment by Allan Raymond — 19 Aug 2008 @ 22:43

  4. Such a simple idea, but such a mind-boggling achievement.

    When I first started using the site it seemed little short of miraculous – insoluble problems and mysteries instantly cleared up! It is a truly great achievement.

    Thank you.

    Comment by Rosie — 19 Feb 2010 @ 0:10

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