‘Brick-Wall-Bashers’ sought for family history records day

By Rosemary Collins, 21 February 2020 - 10:18am

Free UK Genealogy are inviting volunteers to help solve brick walls for Open Data Day on Saturday 7 March

Brick Wall Bashers FreeREG
Volunteers at the Genealo-thon will use open resources such as FreeREG to help solve brick walls

Family history volunteers are invited to help break down brick walls on 7 March.

Free UK Genealogy, the charitable incorporated organisation that runs the FreeBMD, FreeREG and FreeCEN websites, announced it will hold a Genealo-thon on Open Data Day on Saturday 7 March 2020.

Members of the family history community are invited to submit their ‘brick walls’ – mysteries that they have been unable to solve in tracing their ancestors, such as difficulties identifying a birth, marriage or death.

Volunteer ‘Brick-Wall-Bashers’ will then use the records on Free UK Genealogy’s websites to try to solve the problems.

The Genealo-thon will run from 10am to 3pm GMT.

Free UK Genealogy was founded in 1998.

Its websites provide free volunteer transcriptions of civil registration, parish register and census records for use in family history research.

You can sign up to be a Brick-Wall-Basher here.

You do not need to be a previous Free UK Genealogy volunteer. Information about the cases will be made available 4-5 days beforehand.

Support will also be available in the FreeBMD, FreeREG and FreeCEN Facebook groups.

If you have a brick wall you would like help with, you can submit it here.

Please include any information about the ancestor you have in open access family history sources such as WikiTree and FamilySearch.

Please do not include living people.

The Genealo-thon will cover a manageable number of cases and success cannot be guaranteed.

 

 

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