This project is calling for volunteers to transcribe the Birth, Marriage and Death indices for England and Wales only, from the start of registration in 1837. The data transcribed is uploaded to the FreeBMD web site, hosted by Rootsweb, for all to access.
The method is to have each entry transcribed twice by different volunteers as an accuracy check. Volunteer transcribers are also asked to transcribe the indices as they are, errors and ommissions included. They are also asked to arrange their own source of fiche or copies of fiche to transcribe.
The most favoured solution to sourcing fiche is for volunteers to form syndicates to procure and transcribe a set section.
I have formed a syndicate to be undertaken in New Zealand by New Zealand volunteers.
See the NZ Project for BMD
A DOS based transcription system, created by Peter Cox, is available. It is suitable for transcription of both pre and post 1852 records as it has the relevant district files. Because of the automation, the typing input is greatly reduced and files are created in a format ready for uploading to the FreeBMD website.
If you would like to use this, it is available for download here.