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Dave
21-04-2006, 1:45 PM
A Report on Progress with the Further Implementation of FreeREG

April 2006

In November 2005, the FreeREG project team reported that it had commenced the preliminary testing of its search engine. Following the successful conclusion of those tests, a decision was made early in the New Year to commence more extensive testing of the FreeREG system, including its search capabilities, by a small group of people. That testing has been underway since mid-March 2006 and the results are very encouraging. As a result, the numbers of testers will be increased in the near future to include those persons who are currently acting as county coordinators. Availability of a live FreeREG system to the general public will await the successful conclusion of these volume tests but is anticipated for later this year.

At the same time, the input of registry data to the database has been accelerated. The effectiveness of FreeREG will be completely dependant upon it having a substantial base of data against which to search. The current database holds information from nearly 500 registers with well over 500,000 individual records. The current contents are the result of work by a relatively small number of transcribers. We hope that the extension of the testing to include the County Coordinators will lead to a rapid increase in the size of the database. All potential users are urged to consider contributing to the project as transcribers; if we each contributed one register over the next year just think how quickly the database would grow!!

Contact your County Coordinator now to contribute.

The FreeREG Team

Dave
07-05-2006, 2:41 PM
A Report on Progress with the Further Implementation of FreeREG


May 2006

In April 2006, the FreeREG project team reported that it was expanding its testing of a new version of the FreeREG system to include the county coordinators. At this point in time, there are now over 20 people actively making use of the system to load data and evaluate its search engine. In addition, the data editors have been given access to the system. Additional county coordinators are being encouraged to sign on to start loading data. Availability of a live FreeREG system to the general public will await the successful conclusion of these volume tests but is anticipated for later this year.

The number of records in the database has increased by over 40% in the last month. There are now over 700,000 records in the database covering both England and Scotland. (348,000 baptisms; 154,000 marriages; and 209,000 burials) The effectiveness of FreeREG will be completely dependant upon it having a substantial base of data against which to search. All potential users are urged to consider contributing to the project as transcribers; if we each contributed one register over the next year just think how quickly the database would grow!!

Contact your County Coordinator now to contribute.

The FreeREG Team

Kirk Dawson
01-10-2006, 3:52 PM
Well, September has been a big month for FreeREG; after years of uncertainty the database and its search engine have gone live with the later being systematically phased in around the world. The website is http://www.freereg.org.uk/

Now we have the bigger task of getting the database populated to an extent that it is a usable tool. We are currently like FreeBMD was 5 years ago with only a million records. The speed of growth will be fully dependant upon people like you making the effort to transcribe the data.

We have transcribers for most counties but need many many more. So if you know of anybody interested in transcribing ask them to contact us or let us know and we will approach them.

One of the issues facing us all, is the reading of old registers and how to handle the uncertainties involved. We recently put together the following webpage as an aid to transcribers. You might find it useful. It also points you to a couple of websites dedicated to reading old texts. http://www.freereg.org.uk/howto/transcribe.htm

Dave
06-08-2007, 10:10 PM
1 Aug 2007 Update

There are 2,307,475 records in the database. (1,182,777 baptisms, 465,822 marriages and 658,876 burials) An increase of 193,858 in the past month.

We are looking good for 3 million at year end

Would you like to help, see www.freereg.org.uk (http://www.freereg.org.uk) for more information

Kirk Dawson
03-09-2007, 8:33 PM
As of September 1, 2007 there are 2,526,360 records in the database. (1,334,048 baptisms, 482,676 marriages and 709,636 burials) An increase of 218,885 in the past month.

The vast majority of this growth is in a few counties. (primarily Norfolk, Somerset, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Cambridgeshire and Worcestershire).

To see more even growth there is an urgent need for additional volunteers to work on transcriptions.

There is an even more urgent need for coordinators for many of the English Counties.

In addition, people with Unix and database skills are required to help further develop the system.

If you want to help please contact me.

Dave
06-10-2007, 8:19 AM
The database was updated on 3 Oct 2007.

There are 2,755,473 records in the database. (1,475,846 baptisms, 508,296 marriages and 771,331 burials) An increase of 229,113 in the past month.

Dave
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Dave
07-12-2007, 10:02 PM
The database was updated on 21 Nov 2007.

There are 3,025,711 records in the database. (1,665,970 baptisms, 529,793 marriages and 829,948 burials) An increase of 270,238 in the past two months

Next update will be around 18th December

Please note we have problems at present with search, and the current build, please do not report errors

For this we thank you and wish all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Dave
02-01-2008, 4:09 PM
Database updated 2 Jan 2008:

There are now 3,480,627 records available

(1,914,316 baptisms, 568,089 marriages and 998,222 burials)

Dave

Dave
18-01-2008, 3:37 PM
As the last build was out of sync this one put us back on Schedule

Database updated 17 Jan 2008: There are now 3,636,957 records available
2,015,099 baptisms,
581,138 marriages and
1,040,720 burials

An increase of 156,310 in 2 weeks

This puts us at 300,000 + monthly now

Way to go team

Dave

Dave
20-02-2008, 12:23 PM
Database updated 19 Feb 2008:

There are now 4,020,576 records available
2,243,193 baptisms,
638,198 marriages and
1,134,185 burials

This was an increase of 383,619

Dave
Project Manager

Dave
29-05-2008, 9:03 PM
The data base was updated today slightly late,

Database updated 29 May 2008: There are now 4,826,850 records available (2,702,032 baptisms, 760,868 marriages and 1,363,838 burials)

Dave

Project Manager

Kirk Dawson
01-09-2008, 11:26 PM
Earlier this year FreeREG passed the 5 Million record milestone.

With the 29 August 2008 rebuild the database contained 5,553,214 records.

Kirk Dawson
24-09-2008, 1:16 AM
FreeREG was updated on September 22, 2008 marking the end of its second year of operation.

The FreeREG database contains 926,528 Marriages, 3,180,007 Baptisms, 1,611,572 Burials for a total of 5,718,107

Kirk Dawson
28-10-2008, 10:28 PM
The October rebuild of FreeREG took place on October 21, 208.

The FreeREG database now contains 965,494 Marriages, 3,294,229 Baptisms, 1,663,375 Burials for a total of 5,923,098 records an increase of 204,991 in the month.

Kirk Dawson

Kirk Dawson
20-11-2008, 5:41 AM
The latest rebuild of FreeREG took place on 18 Novmber 2008.

The FreeREG database contains 1,006,622 Marriages, 3,460,699 Baptisms, 1,734,809 Burials for a total of 6,202,130 records an increase of 279,032 in the month,

Kirk dawson
FreeREG Executive

Kirk Dawson
24-12-2008, 9:47 PM
The FreeREG database contains 1,055,455 Marriages, 3,644,056 Baptisms, 1,807,657 Burials, and was last updated on Wed 17 Dec 2008

Kirk Dawson
14-01-2009, 6:00 AM
The FreeREG database was last updated on Wed 14 Jan 2009 and now contains 1,093,707 Marriages, 3,756,443 Baptisms, 1,899,479 Burials, for a total of 6,749,629 records. An increase of 242,461 records on the month and 3,269,002 on the year.
Kirk

Dave
12-02-2009, 10:23 AM
The FreeREG database was last updated on Wed 11 Feb 2009 and now contains 1,139,776 Marriages, 3,912,343 Baptisms, 1,987,909 Burials, for a total of 7,0400,028 records. An increase of 290,397 records on the month .

Dave

Kirk Dawson
08-04-2009, 4:19 AM
The FreeREG database was rebuilt on 7 April 2009.

313,006 records were added to the database this past 4 weeks.

The database now contains 7,644,100 records. 4,199,573 baptisms, 1,259,218 marriages and 2,185,309 burials.

Kirk Dawson

Kirk Dawson
23-05-2009, 9:42 PM
The May updated was delaid a little. The new database did not become available until May 15.
There was an increase of 313,511 records from April and the total now stands at 7,957,611. (1,326,950 Marriages, 4,343,818 Baptisms, 2,286,843 Burials).
Kirk

Kirk Dawson
08-06-2009, 12:08 AM
The first rebuild for June took place on 3 June 2009.

An additional 320,301 records were added in the previous 4 weeks for a total of 8,277,912 records.

The FreeREG database now contains 1,386,212 Marriages; 4,499,662 Baptisms; and 2,392,038 Burials.

Kirk