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Wiccaman
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Warks County Council had a brilliant free,searchable, online, BMD database, both sides of my family had entries going back to the mid 1700's

NOW theyve handed it all to Ancestry.org or .com whatever and its £12 a month or £90 a year to join

Rob Dogs

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Ian Topham
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Re: Im really angry

You could search the database for free?  Is that just indexes or could you get details from the Birth, Marriage and Death records?  I am a Registrar myself, working just (and I mean just) over the border in Scotland :).

Wiccaman
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Re: Im really angry

it had a very good FREE online search for BMD's in marriages it gave spouse name and i think for women it gave maiden names

obviously another case of greed over need

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Re: Im really angry

ask at your local library-they may be licensed to use Ancestry on the public computers-its free

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Wiccaman
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Re: Im really angry

we get a nice mobile library once a week, or its an eight mile drive each way....

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Re: Im really angry

Oh dear, and your right the www.ukbmd.org.uk doesn't have Warks on it.

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Wiccaman
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Re: Im really angry

So basically they have sold public records to ancestry?

i wonder if thats legal?

a record of my birth doesnt belong to WCC does it...am i entitled to a portion of whatever monies they are getting?

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indiagold
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Re: Im really angry

well they are public records and I guess local govt can do what they like with them

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Ian Topham
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Re: Im really angry

They are public records.  Anyone could in theory purchase anybody's birth/death/marriage certificate if they want to. The local government would have been collecting the records on behalf of the Registrar General, not for themselves.  The council would have a legal responsibility to provide registrars and suitable offices etc, but the records are GRO's, not theirs.  So, it may be a case of 'why should we pay to run a free website?'  Maybe shutting down the website was a money saving measure.

Wiccaman
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 But its a legal requirement to register births/deaths/marriages

By even keeping a record and then making it public havent they broken the data protection act?


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Re: Im really angry

They are public records, but not free.  The records are there for sale in the form of certificates and can be searched for a fee.  I suspect though that the site only gave basic index information, not actual full record data, as they would not be allowed to give that away for free.  I don't think Ancestry will have access to the actual records either, which will still be owned by the Registrar General's Office. 



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