TNA con­fer­ence cel­e­brates FreeBMD’s 20th an­niver­sary

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Non-profit fam­ily his­tory web­site cel­e­brated its 20th an­niver­sary at a con­fer­ence at The Na­tional Ar­chives in Kew on 15 Septem­ber.

The web­site was founded in 1998, and is now part of char­i­ta­ble in­cor­po­rated or­gan­i­sa­tion Free UK Ge­neal­ogy. For 20 years, FreeBMD has brought to­gether vol­un­teers to tran­scribe the civil registration in­dex of births, mar­riages and deaths for Eng­land and Wales and put it on­line for free.

The an­niver­sary con­fer­ence fea­tured four talks, and the speak­ers in­cluded FreeBMD’s co-founder Gra­ham Hart. Ap­prox­i­mately 75 peo­ple at­tended, many of whom were FreeBMD vol­un­teers.

Denise Col­bert, Free UK Ge­neal­ogy en­gage­ment co-or­di­na­tor, said that the day was “very much peo­ple com­ing to­gether to cel­e­brate a project that they feel strongly about and have given lots and lots of their time to”.

FreeBMD cel­e­brated its 20th birthday with friends in Septem­ber

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