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. 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

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 for these collections.

Wishing you all a pleasant and renewing summer,

Tim Manners
Creator and Founder

Friday, 5 July 2019

Big summer update!

Dear users of the OGI,

I have been working hard looking for new content and today's update adds 1,116 new data sets to the site.

I have decided to highlight updates by county this week:

Bedfordshire - 62 parish register collections from
Derbyshire - 12 parish register and memorial inscription collections from
Durham - 18 parish register collections from
Essex - 18 parish register collections from
Gloucestershire - 3 parish record collections from
Hampshire - 3 parishes from and 9 from
Herefordshire - 17 parish register collections from
Lancashire - 21 civil registration record sets from
Somerset - 7 memorial inscription surveys from
Staffordshire - 760 parish register image collections from and 16 civil registration sets from
Wiltshire - 32 marriage data sets from
Worcestershire - 32 marriage data sets from
Yorkshire - 29 parish register collections from

This latest update brings the total of data sets on the OGI to 398,157

In the next few weeks, the final county of Yorkshire will be added to the amazing site mentioned on previous posts, "Hardwicke Marriage Index" found here

This site already has 469,801 marriages from England and Wales between 1754 and 1837.  This can certainly extend your family tree by showing the maiden names of your ancestors married before the start of Civil Registration in July of 1837.

New data sets coming soon for Bristol and Westminster.  These are collections already available on but have no labels.  

There are so many people gathering and transcribing information who then share it with the world online.  My goal has been to make those records and websites more accessible to others.

I wish each of you a wonderful summer.  Maybe you will take some time to visit a cemetery or ancestral locations.  I still have fond memories of visiting the town of Belford in Northumberland and finding the headstone of my great-great-grandparents, Joseph John and Eleanor Mary Manners.  


He is the end of our family tree on the Manners side.  Hope to find his parents one day.

Until next time,

Tim Manners
Creator and Owner

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

10th Update of the Year

Dear users of the OGI,

Today is the 10th upload of new data in 2019.  Today's additions total 1,654 data sets.

Findmypast has claimed the release of a new collection which actually came out a number of months ago, don't believe everything you read!  Their Phillimore Marriage collection has been on their site for a long time.  But they did release the actual PDFs for browsing.

I found this information about William Phillimore on

W.P. Phillimore, born William Phillimore Watts Stiff, was the son of Dr Stiff, a Nottingham Doctor. He later took the name Phillimore from the family of his grandmother. While educated as a lawyer, he was also a publisher of books. In later life, he began to transcribe marriage registers, which he later printed in book form. When he died in 1914, he had covered 1,200 parishes from different counties in 200 volumes. He founded Phillimore & Co. Ltd in 1897, which have been publishing British local and family history for over a century.

Phillimore Marriage Records are a series of books published in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by Phillimore & Co. Ltd. They cover marriages from various parishes from each county, however there may be some omission as some of the registers have not survived. In some counties, the coverage of parishes is very good, whereas in other counties just a few parishes were transcribed - most counties do not have every parish transcribed.

All his available publications are online, the majority are found at and  Click HERE to view a list of free online copies of Phillimore's registers.

If you would like to know which parishes are included in his publications, there is an index available HERE.  Note this was published in 1913 before additional volumes were added.

And on to the details regarding today's additions...

CemeterySearcher is a new system allowing the searching of memorial inscriptions and is now available for a total of five cemeteries in Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Northamptonshire and Suffolk.  Check out this example here.

CheshireBMD - Civil Registration Marriages (5 data sets)

Lancashire Online Parish Clerk (38 data sets)

Dorset Online Parish Clerk (5 data sets)

Hardwicke Marriage Act Index (10 data sets).  Westmorland was released this week.

Durham Records Online (5 data sets)

FindmypastEngland, Phillimore Marriage Registers, 1531-1913 Browse (1504 data sets) (10 new cemeteries) - Isle of Man Civil Registration (66 data sets)

I am glad to see that the total of data sets on is now 397,070.

I will be removing the broken Ancestry collections in the next few weeks.  This may reduce the current total but I would rather have working data than a high number.

Thanks to the generous donation from the creator of, I have renewed the hosting of the OGI for another 4 years.  Hope you will be along for the ride!

Until the next update,

Tim Manners
Creator and Owner

Thursday, 13 June 2019

OGI now fully functional

Just wanted to notify everyone that the problem with Wales and the Isle of Man has now been resolved.  Big thanks to my fellow creator, David Sheppard, who has spent time on this issue finding and resolving the problem.

New updates coming soon will allow filtering of record type from the search screen and more accurate results based on year (instead of the + and - 40 year filter currently in place).

Hope you are enjoying all the latest data added this week.

Until the next update,