Monday, 16 November 2020

Big update for Welsh research on 13th November

Back so soon!

I discovered the recent additions of Anglican records for all counties in Wales on Ancestry.  These have transcriptions and images for hundreds of parishes.

I have added them parish by parish to help you find your ancestors by location.  If unsure, use any link to search the entire Ancestry collection by county.

A full list of the uploads is below.

  • Ancestry's Welsh Anglican Parish Registers - 1,269 data sets
  • FamilySearch's Northumberland Parish Registers - 7 new data sets
  • Lancashire Online Parish Clerks - 11 new data sets
  • Findmypast's Yorkshire Monumental Inscriptions - 6 new data sets
  • Findmypast's National School Admission Registers & Log-Books - 15 new data sets
  • TINSTAAFL Marriage project - 2 new data sets

Unfortunately, the Warwickshire site has removed a large collection of Birth, Marriage and Death records so I have taken them off the OGI (223 data sets) and written to them asking if there is a new address to see these for free online.  As soon as I get the info, I can put them back in the database.

The new total is now 405,839.

I hope another update will come along before the end of the year.

Thank you for your patronage.  And thanks to Linda F. who sent a donation in over the weekend.  It all helps keeping things running for years to come.

Until the next update,

Tim Manners

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

224 data sets added today

Greetings fellow genealogical researchers!

I hope those in England are coping well with Lockdown 2.0.

Here are today's new additions to

  • Durham Records Online - 12 data sets
  • Findmypast Greater London Burial Index - 1 data set
  • Findmypast Warwickshire Burials - 10 data sets
  • Gravestone Photos - 41 new cemeteries and monuments
  • Lancashire OPC - 26 data sets
  • Milton Keynes Heritage site - 36 data sets for Sherington, Buckinghamshire
  • OPC Dorset - 8 data sets
  • Shropshire BMD - 12 death data sets
  • Staffordshire BMD - 11 birth and death data sets
  • TINSTAAFL Hardwick Marriage Project - 54 new parishes
  • TINSTAAFL Norfolk Baptisms - 7 new parishes
  • Yorkshire BMD - 14 marriage data sets
New site total is 404,750 data sets.

I hope these additions will help you find more ancestors.

Until the next update,

Tim Manners

Saturday, 12 September 2020

Return to the land of the living

Dear Friends of the OGI,

I am happy to report that I have survived my surgery and have now after 4 weeks turned on my laptop to catch up with OGI work and get the database updated.

There were 204 new data sets uploaded today.  Here is the breakdown.

  • TINSTAAFL Norfolk Baptisms Project - 10 new parishes
  • TINSTAAFL Marriages - 31 new parishes
  • Shropshire BMD Deaths - 18 new data sets
  • Staffordshire BMD Births and Deaths - 4 new data sets
  • OPC Dorset - 15 new data sets
  • Lancashire OPC - 15 new data sets
  • Gravestone Photos - 6 new locations
  • Findmypast - 21 new Welsh record sets
  • Ancestry Westminster - 82 new data sets
I am glad to be back but it will still be a long road to a full recovery.  My surgery was 4.5 hours and gave me a new 43cm scar.

Thanks for using the site and for letting me know of updates.  I had an email last week telling me about a change in a website so that has now been corrected and will work again (Great Harwood in Lancashire - see this wonderful website here:

Here is a beautiful sunset I photographed a few weeks ago from my back garden.  We hope to see a few more before the winter.

Have a wonderful September and I hope to return again in the autumn with more updates.

Best wishes,

Tim Manners

Friday, 7 August 2020

Another summer update!

 Dear Friends of the OGI,

One more update before I disappear for a while due to a surgery on the 18th August.

There are still exciting updates appearing online and I have found another 138 data sets to upload to the website today.  This brings the new total to 404,326.  There have been a total of 29,085 searches on the site since launch.  My wife jokes that most of them are probably mine (I hope she was joking....)

Here is the breakdown of today's upload:

  • Durham Records Online - 9 data sets
  • Findmypast Hampshire Baptisms - 6 data sets
  • Findmypast Hampshire Burials - 6 data sets
  • Findmypast Hampshire Marriages - 12 data sets
  • Findmypast Warwickshire Burials - 3 data sets
  • GravestonePhotos - 8 new graveyards
  • Lancashire OPC - 32 new data sets
  • Netherbury Dorset Parish registers - 3 data sets
  • OPC Dorset - 3 new data sets
  • Shropshire Civil Registration Deaths - 8 new data sets
  • Staffordshire Civil Registration - 12 new data sets
  • TINSTAAFL Marriage Project - 20 new parishes
  • TINSTAAFL Norfolk Baptisms - 3 new parishes
  • Yorkshire Civil Registration Marriages - 19 data sets
There are many enthused and talented researchers out there who are regularly adding to the pool of available resources online.  The majority are completely free and will help you in your genealogical research.

Best wishes to you all.  I do appreciate your use of the site and hope you find an ancestor using the resources using my Online Genealogical Index.

Until post-surgery!

Tim Manners
Creator and Owner

Friday, 17 July 2020

Big updates for Surrey and Wiltshire today

Dear users of the OGI,

I have been reviewing the amazing resources at the Online Parish Clerk site for Wiltshire.  They now require a free account before allowing access to their data.  

As you can see, I have now changed the opening images on the site to announce that the Online Genealogical Index site was recommended at RootsTech in London and Salt Lake City.  Whitney Peterson, a British Research Expert, mentioned the site in her lectures and recommended it for finding information quickly.

Here are today's updates:

Gravestone Photos - 2 new cemeteries
OPC Dorset - 7 new data sets
Shropshire BMD - 16 data sets
TINSTAAFL Marriage Project - 19 new parishes
TINSTAAFL Norfolk Baptisms - 3 new parishes
Wiltshire Graveyard Photos - 38 graveyards
Wiltshire OPC - 759 new and updated data sets

  • Derbyshire Deaths and Burials - 7 parishes
  • National School Admission Registers - 2 new schools
  • Surrey Baptisms - 440 new and updated parishes
  • Surrey Marriages - 450 new and updated parishes
  • Surrey Burials - 190 new and updated parishes
  • Yorkshire Baptisms - 13 new parishes
  • Yorkshire Monumental Inscriptions - 39 new parishes
Total number of new items this week are 1988 (good year for music!) and the new total on the site today is 404,191.

I will be finally taking some family time off (first time this year) and heading to a few family history sites including the pub where my great-great-grandfather was landlord in 1894.  The Black Swan in Belford, Northumberland now has rooms for rent and I am fulfilling a lifelong dream of staying there.  

Here is a photo of the pub in the late 1890s.

Have a wonderful summer,

Tim Manners
Creator and Owner

Thursday, 2 July 2020

303 new and updated data sets uploaded on 26th June

Dear Users of the OGI,

This update was done last week just before I fell ill for a few days!  I have not got the dreaded virus but was on my back for a while.

Here are the contents of the update:

OPC Dorset - 2

TINSTAAFL Marriages - 6

TINSTAAFL Norfolk Baptisms - 1

Yorkshire Civil Marriages - 7


  • Roman Catholic Baptisms - 98
  • Roman Catholic Burials - 39
  • Roman Catholic Marriages - 76
  • Roman Catholic Congregational Records - 64

Durham Records Online - 6

FamilySearch Durham Graveyards - 4

This brings the total of records on the Online Genealogical Index to 404,005.  I remember a few years ago when i first past 100,000 and I was amazed!  Things are still growing and I am still finding new ancestors by using the site!  The whole idea for the OGI was to create a tool for my own use but I quickly realized it would benefit others!  Thank goodness for my good friend David Sheppard from the Forest of Dean who helped build the site for me.  I see that over 28,000 searches have been done so far, my wife suggests half were my own searches, but I hope others have had success with their research using this tool.

Please pass the word on to others if you have found the OGI helpful in your research.  I know it has saved me thousands of hours of research time.  It has also been a good reminder of wonderful resources available online created by generous others who give away their work for the world to enjoy.  

Until the next update,

Tim Manners
Creator and Owner

Friday, 19 June 2020

334 new data sets uploaded today

Dear Users of the OGI,

I hope you are well and taking some extra time to do family history research.

Today, Friday 19th June, 334 new data sets were uploaded to the Online Genealogical Index.  Just to reiterate, a data set can contain hundreds or thousands of records.

Here is a review of what was added:

Ancestry: Diocese of Durham, England, Bishops' Transcripts (also includes parts of Cumberland, Northumberland and Yorkshire) - 240
Gravestone Photos: - 9
Norfolk Baptisms Project: - 3
OPC Dorset: - 1
ShropshireBMD: - 5
StaffordshireBMD: - 2
TINSTAAFL Marriage Project: - 20
Wiltshire OPC: - 22
YorkshireBMD: - 18

I hope you will have some success using these additions.

Have a great weekend!

Until next time,

Tim Manners
Creator and Owner