Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Problem for NowTV Broadband customers and the OGI

Just a quick note to let you know if you have NowTV Broadband (amazing deals, I am saving 30% over TalkTalk) and try to view a web.archive.org site linked from the OGI, that site is being blocked.  They claim it has been labelled as being used by hackers.  This is not correct.

I had to contact them through their online Chat and they got it turned off for me (the setting is called Broadband Buddy) and the menus are not working today.

Just thought this may be useful for some of you!

Friday, 8 November 2019

Hundreds of new resources for Yorkshire

Dear users of the OGI,

Another week has flown by and another update has been added to the site today.

This weeks major addition boosts resources for Yorkshire.  I was guided to a set of memorial inscriptions with individual photos of each headstone on genuki.org.uk.  A link to each location has now be added to the OGI.

Check out the index here: https://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/YKS/YRY/ERY/GraveIndex

The updates this week are listed below.

  • Isle of Man Parish Registers from archive.org (6 data sets)
  • Lancashire Civil Registration Marriages (3 data sets)
  • Shropshire Civil Registration Marriages (77 data sets)
  • Yorkshire Civil Registration Marriages (2 data sets)
  • Yorkshire Memorial Inscriptions and Parish Registers (481 data sets)
  • Yorkshire War Memorials from rootsweb.com (5 data sets)

New total of 402,011 data sets.  

Findmypast updated their Dorset collections combining some together. These have now been updated on the OGI.  

Had a great experience researching with my friend Andy this week.  We struggled to find the christening of an ancestor in Lowthorpe, Yorkshire with the name Elizabeth Ellerley as recorded on her marriage entry in the parish register of Beverley, Yorkshire.

On reviewing the birth registration of her children in the General Register Office, we saw that they were recorded with a mother's maiden name of Hillaby.  

We then cross-referenced the marriage entry for Elizabeth Ellerley and noted that she had not signed her name and simply marked it with an X.  This made us think that phonetically, Ellerley and Hillaby sound similar and the parish clerk could have transcribed the name she said at the time of the marriage.

Upon seeking an Elizabeth Hillaby in Lowthorpe at the right birth year (using the OGI), we found Betty Hillaby's birth date, christening, parents and, sub sequentially, all her siblings. We then linked into another tree taking the line on Elizabeth Hillaby's father's side back to the 1500s.  

This experience was a good reminder how the GRO Index is an excellent tool for breaking through brick walls such as the previous example.  Don't forget to download my free guide on using the GRO by clicking here.  It includes many examples and step-by-step instructions of how to find more ancestors using this resource.

Currently working on a transcription of the contents of Pallot's Marriage Index which can be found on Ancestry (but with no contents).  I found an old typed manuscript on a digital film made many decades ago and have been working on getting it transcribed.  This resource will add thousands of links to the OGI.

Until the next update,

Tim Manners
Creator and Owner

Friday, 1 November 2019

Two more updates added

Dear fellow genealogical researchers,

I have uploaded two batches of new and updated record sets over the past week.

The new total of data sets hosted on ogindex.org is now 401,670.

Findmypast have been busy releasing new and updated collections that are now available on the OGI.

  • Dorset Memorial Inscriptions (268 parishes)
  • Norfolk Parish Registers and Memorial Inscriptions (additions and changes to 2,150 parishes)
  • Cornwall Burials
  • Kent Burials
  • Kent County Council Parish Register Browse (228 data sets)
  • Middlesex Monumental Inscriptions
  • Westmorland Baptisms
  • Westmorland Marriages
  • Westmorland Burials
Other recent additions include:
  • Lancashire Online Parish Clerk (14 new data sets)
  • Shropshire Civil Registration Marriages (39 new data sets)
  • Gravestonephotos.com (12 new locations)
  • Wakefield Council Burial Database (15 cemeteries)
I hope these updates will help you find your ancestors quickly.

Just a reminder to download my free guide to the General Register Office Index available here.

This step-by-step guide will show you how to use the GRO Index (free registration) to find mother's maiden names for any child born from August 1837 to 1918 (use FreeBMD for years up to 1984 then FindMyPast to see births up to 2008).  Also learn how to use this data to find marriages.  Deaths ages are also shown from August 1837 to 1957.  FreeBMD only shows deaths from 1866.  

There are many new collections from FamilySearch.org including Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire, Herefordshire and Surrey.  These do not currently have an obvious index of included parishes but some have linked images to the results of your search.

I hope to return very soon with more records to improve your search results!

Best wishes,

Tim Manners
Creator and Owner

Monday, 7 October 2019

Another 600+ new data sets added

Dear users of the OGI,

Today's updates include new collections from Ancestry covering many Bristol area parishes.  The Ancestry collections alone have added 462 data sets to the site.

Gravestonephotos.com added 26 new memorial inscriptions for English and Welsh cemeteries.

New Findmypast collections for Cumberland added 38 data sets to the site.

Lancashire Online Parish Clerk has been growing and added 43 new parish ranges of data.

The Hardwicke Marriage Index has added another 9 marriage parish records.

Additional sets have been uploaded from durhamrecordsonline and opcdorset.org.

New total of data sets on the OGI is 401,929.  

I hope these new sets will help you find more ancestors.

Until next time,

Tim Manners
Creator and Owner

Friday, 13 September 2019

New updates today

Dear users of the OGI,

Just to let you know I am still alive (4 weeks post surgery) and have updated the database today with over 500 new data sets. 

The new total available on the OGI is now 401,324

Many new records are from Findmypast who have updated their Berkshire Marriages Index and Derbyshire Deaths and Burials collections.

The Hardwicke Marriage Index site has continue to grow and adds new data sets multiple times a week so deserves a regular visit.

Gravestonephotos also added many new graveyard transcriptions.

DurhamRecordsOnline has also included new parish indexes.

I hope you will continue to see success with your research as you turn to the OGI to help you find the records you need!

Kind regards,

Tim Manners
Owner and Creator

Friday, 19 July 2019

Online Genealogical Index now has over 400 Thousand Data Sets!

Dear Friends of the OGI!

Happy to finally reach the goal of passing 400,000 data sets today!

Findmypast had a large addition with 1,924 new parish transcriptions.
Other notables are 166 IGI batches from FamilySearch for the county of Hertfordshire.  These are batches linked to specific places but without dates.  I have been going through these sets for the past few years and finally finished Hertfordshire today.  This helps find specific events within a year range in that county.

Lancashire Online Parish Clerk site added 21 new transcription sets.

And the ever-growing Hardwicke Marriage Act site added another 4 locations.  This is an amazing resource for finding maiden names of your female ancestors before the beginning of civil registration in the summer of 1837.  The range of marriage years on the site is 1754-1837.  In August, the final county of Yorkshire will be made available.  New additions are posted on the home page and the site will continue growing for years to come.

The total on the site today has reached 400,917.

I will soon be away for some family holiday time in Devon and Somerset.  I then have a surgery on 16th of August and a number of weeks of recovery time.  As soon as I feel able, I will continue searching and adding new data to the OGI.  

Thank you all for your support.  Would love to hear from you sometime.  Any good experiences with breaking down genealogical brick walls or finding an ancestor using the site would be very welcome.  This project started as a selfish reference but has grown to be a labour of love and my life's work.

Wishing you all success in your searches,

Tim Manners
Creator and Owner

Friday, 12 July 2019

Corrections and updates boost total OGI data sets closer to 400K

Hello friends of the Online Genealogical Index,

A quick note to let you know I have added an update of 894 records today bringing the total data sets on the site to 398,779!

I had to remove a collection then reupload the latest version to catch all changes (Findmypast's Middlesex Baptisms)

Big additions are details of each parish for FamilySearch's Bristol, Non-Conformists and Westminster, Parish Records.  You will now go immediately to the correct image set directly from the OGI, a feature not available at familysearch.org for these collections.

Wishing you all a pleasant and renewing summer,

Tim Manners
Creator and Founder