Saturday, 4 June 2011

FreeBMD – Useful Search Tip

Many of you probably use FreeBMD for searching for family registrations for births, marriages and deaths but here is a little know useful “extra” tip to use in your research.

Select All Types then enter a + sign and the SURNAME in the First Name field and leave the surname blank.

You will then get a list of registrations where the surname has been used as a middle name or on occasion the first name. It does work better with the more unusual surnames.


One name I research is Scoltock. If I select All Types, enter +Scoltock in the First name field and leave the surname blank I get 10 instances where the Scoltock name has been used as a middle name 3 births, 3 marriages and 4 deaths.

This can be extremely revealing when piecing together your family tree.

So try it yourself using my example above then any of the surnames you are researching and see what you come up with.

Also remember to store your certificates in acid free pockets see

Good Hunting!

Family Tree Folk


  1. Good stuff, Mike. Have linked your tip to my blog at so that others may benefit from the advice. Best wishes, Mick.

  2. A very useful tip. Thanks very much for sharing it.

  3. Thanks for sharing this tip. I am a big fan of this site, especially since I was contacted by two 'new relatives' via my Postems on FreeBMD.

  4. good tip....its very useful also...........