Friday, 10 August 2018

Hundreds of new parish register and memorial inscription data sets added

Hello everyone,

This weeks OGI updates include Memorial Inscriptions for the following counties:

  • Devon
  • Durham
  • Lancashire
  • Leicestershire
  • Middlesex
  • Norfolk
  • Shropshire
  • Staffordshire
  • Warwickshire
  • Worcestershire
These were due to new books from (new to the OGI),, a backup of a collection of Black Country websites that have recently gone offline and, finally, monumental inscription collections.  Total of 147 graveyards and war memorials added this week.

Civil Registration additions for Cheshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Staffordshire and Yorkshire adds births, deaths and marriages.  The details on these can improve those found on civl registration indexes such as FreeBMD and the GRO (and both are still vital resources I use every day).  For example, marriages give the exact place of marriage instead of just a registration district.  This is very useful for researching the marriage entries in the parish registers (by using the OGI, of course!)

Other additions this week include new Findmypast collections of parish registers and monumental inscriptions for Cheshire, Cumberland and Devon.

Parish register transcriptions and images are also added thanks to and the digital books found at  The total of new parish register data sets from these two sources alone this week is 52.

I hope these new entries with a grand total of 239 data sets (specific places) will help you locate missing family members and vital records helping you expand your family tree.

I will now be out of the country for two weeks but will continue the OGI project upon my return.

May you all have a wonderful August.


Tim Manners
Creator and Owner

Friday, 27 July 2018

Digital Books add hundreds of new records this week

Greetings fellow researchers,

I have spent hours this week working on the digital books available at  There are many there not available at or elsewhere online and they are a reminder of the valuable data recorded by faithful and dedicated genealogists.

There are two large collections of monumental inscriptions for Suffolk (467) and Yorkshire (62).  The total number of additions this week is 581 bringing the total of OGI data sets to 384,755.

Additional data sets found in the FamilySearch Books collection include parish registers and monumental inscriptions from Lancashire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire.  

The gentleman who roamed the country from 1825-1834 was John Wareyn Darby who spent thousands of hours transcribing headstones all over Suffolk.  He died unmarried in 1846.  I suppose it was difficult to meet a future wife in churchyards!  

He visited 467 churchyards throughout Suffolk and recorded the details of the gentry and, sometimes, listed the surnames from headstones in the churchyard.

Charles Patridge published printed copies of these transcriptions starting in 1913.  The complete collection, organized by parish hundreds, is available at  but I have added each one with corresponding page number in the original books so you can jump directly to the parish needed.  You can view the first book here.

This is only an example of the large collections available thanks to those who devoted their lives to recording the names of the deceased.

A second collection added this week is from Yorkshire and was completed in 1947 by full-time missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints serving in the Yorkshire area.  They were able to visit and transcribe the headstones from 62 churchyards.  Probably a little different from their regular missionary work but of great value to all those with Yorkshire ancestors!  You can view that book here.

I will continue looking for new resources and return in a week or so!


Tim Manners
Creator and Owner

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Big week for Lancashire

Hope you are all enjoying this warm and dry summer.  Reminds me of my childhood in 1976 which, so far, was actually a warmer one!  The record high in the UK that year was 36 degrees.

Findmypast released a huge Lanacashire collection yesterday which is now included in the Online Genealogical Index.  

Here is a review of today's updates:

Total additions for this week = 870 data sets (that includes over 2.5 million names)

I hope these new entries will assist you in finding your ancestors.  I have found a few new children this week due to the tools found in the General Register Office Index.  Don't forget about my extensive guide on using the GRO Index for family history research found HERE

It will help you use the best combination of online tools to find marriages and missing family members from 1837 and beyond.

I am taking a few weeks off in August travelling to Germany where we lived for 7 years (and I enjoyed 3 of my teenage years as well) so things may be quiet but I will be back full force in September gathering more data for your use.

The total data sets available on the OGI stands at 384,175.  I am still hoping to reach 400,000 by the end of the year so we will see if I can find another 16,000 new data sets online!

Best wishes,

Tim Manners
Creator and Owner

Friday, 13 July 2018

691 New Data sets added to the OGI this week

Hello all,

I am happy to report that I have updated and added 691 data sets on today.

Findmypast have added the following new collections:

  • Berkshire Registers & Records
  • Durham Registers & Records
  • Northumberland and Durham Memorial Inscriptions

Updates were also made to these collections:

  • Greater London Burial Index
  • Sussex Monumental Inscriptions

Ancestry has made updates to the Liverpool, Church of England collections adding a number of new parishes.

There are also new updates to Lancashire parish regsiters available at
Bolton Birth updates for
Gravestone Photos added new graveyard transcriptions for Durham, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Norfolk, Somerset, Sussex and Warwickshire.

Norfolk Baptism Project has also added two new parishes to its collection.  (

Durham also has a GRO Index site which can give more details than other sources

Things are moving forward with new data being made available all the time.  Still waiting for the large collection of Kent data coming to Findmypast before the end of the year.

Hope you are all enjoying the summer so far and have found some extra time to do your family history research.

Until next time,

Tim Manners

Monday, 25 June 2018

Additions for Wiltshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Norfolk and Lancashire

Hello everyone,

I am still committed to finding the latest data for English, Welsh and Isle of Man research.  I have added 1,562 data sets to the Online Genealogical Index today.  This includes updated collections for Wiltshire from findmypast along with a brand new valuable set of data.

Findmypast has added some new parish records to their Wiltshire Baptism, Marriage and Burial Indexes as well as a brand new collection entitled, 'Wiltshire Social & Institutional Records'.  This includes a large collection of Monumental Inscriptions (a different set than the existing Wiltshire Memorial Inscription Index), an extensive Bastardy Index for 330 places in the county.  Bastardy indexes can often reveal the name of the father of an illegitimate child as the mother attempts to get financial support through the parish leadership.

This weeks additions include:
The total of the OGI data sets is now 382,961.  Remember, a data set is a group of records for a specific place and date range and can include from dozens to tens of thousands of names.

I am currently reviewing the content of Billiongraves to find new additions for England and Wales which will take a few weeks as there are over 6,400 links for burial places where only a portion have actual images or names.  I need to test each one!  When complete, the OGI will have an up to date list of all graveyards at that website with useful data for research.

There are still amazing people working on their personal projects which will benefit us all.  I have recently been in touch with Mark Etheridge, creator and author of Yorkshire Churches and Graveyards and helping him with some updates and additional data.  I am so impressed with these wonderful projects and that is one of my big motivators in keeping the Online Genealogical Index growing to help others find and utilize these websites.

I wish you all a wonderful week and hope you are enjoying the World Cup as much as we are!

Best wishes,

Tim Manners
Creator and Owner

Monday, 11 June 2018

Huge week for Leicestershire research and new MyHeritage collections

Dear friends,

I am slowly getting back to full mobility after my three surgeries though life is uncomfortable unless I am lying down and full of pain killers!  Nineteen stitches removed from my leg and at least the same amount remain elsewhere but are slowly disolving!  Despite this situation, I am trying to add to the available data sets on and have made some good discoveries this past week.  Thinking about this project is a good distraction from my current health challenges but only done in short bursts when I am able to deal with a laptop on top of me!

The biggest realization this week is realizing that the parish list indexes for Findmypast collections are incomplete.  I was happy to see that the Leicestershire Parish Register collection on Findmypast is now available for free on (transcriptions only).  As FamilySearch has not offered a detailed content list, I spent four days going through the actual images on Findmypast to determine what is included and have added this information to for FamilySearch and the original collection on Findmypast.

The number of available data sets has now reached a total of 382,381.  I am still hoping to reach 400,000 by the end of the year!  I am still hoping that the large release of Kent records promised before December will still go ahead on

Here is a complete breakdown of the latest additions.
  • Norfolk Baptisms from Norfolk Baptism Project (
  • Lancashire Parish Registers from
  • Cheshire Civil Registration Marriages from
  • Staffordshire Civil Registration Marriages and Deaths from
  • Leicestershire Parish Register transcriptions from (1,157 data sets)
  • Leicestershire Parish Registers image collection from
  • New collections added to MyHeritage which are data collections originally on  The collections are as follows:
    • England, Warwickshire Parish Registers, 1538-1900
    • England, Bristol Parish Registers, 1538-1900
    • England, Essex Parish Registers, 1538-1900
    • England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538-1936
    • England, Norfolk Parish Registers, 1538-1900
    • England, Norfolk Bishop's Transcripts, 1685-1941

I updated the Isle of Man Marriages collection from Findmypast to include exact marriage date ranges for each parish (Note: If you are researching the Isle of Man on, please select Isle of Man for the country AND the county)

That is a grand total of 6,088 data sets added over the weekend and today!

I invite you to use the comments feature in the blog to leave feedback.  It is always good to get to know those using this site.

Best wishes in your research!

Tim Manners
Creator and Owner

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Surgery over - back to gathering data!

Greetings from the couch of recovery....

I had three surgeries last week and now have an expected 6.5 inch (19 stitches) scar on my leg due to something called Compartment Syndrome which happens when a limb is starved of bloodflow for too long.  The main surgery was completed successfully but due to the leg problem, I was rushed in for another surgery 3 hours after the first (on the NHS, that is a rush apparently).

Good news is I now have more time to work on the Online Genealogical Index and find more resources for those using the site!

This week's additions are:

  • Lancashire Civil Registration Marriages
  • Rutland Parish Registers from
  • Dorset Parish Registers and Monumental Inscriptions from
  • Suffolk Gravestones
  • Lancashire Parish Registers from
  • Yorkshire Civil Registration Marriages
  • Norfolk Archdeacon Transcript collection from Ancestry
  • Devon Parish Register collection from (transcriptions and images) - This addition has taken weeks as it is one of the eight British collections containing just film numbers in the image index.  All places and corresponding film numbers are now in the database!

Total new record sets this week = 2835

I hope these new records will help you in your search for your own family....

Now back to resting on the couch and napping a little!

Tim Manners
Creator of the Online Genealogical Index