Wednesday, 14 July 2021

New Ancestry Staffordshire Collections added

Dear Users of the OGI,

An additional 1,737 data sets have been added to the Online Genealogical Database this week.  The majority are the new Ancestry Staffordshire Parish Register collections.  These cover Baptisms, Banns, Marriages and Burials from 1538 to 1900.  This brings the total of data sets on the OGI to 413,443.  Each one was researched, typed in and uploaded!  Seven years in and the OGI is still growing.  

I was very honoured to receive the personal project of former vicar Andrew Knight of Lougher, St Michael's parish in Swansea.  

He has transcribed each of the hundreds of headstones in the churchyard and ordered them by surname.  This is now available on the OGI under Glamorganshire or see it now here.

I hope the OGI can be a tool to preserve the projects of others unavailable elsewhere online.

Here are the details of the recent uploads:

Off to Devon next week but will keep an eye out for any new genealogical data coming my way to pass on to all of you lovely people.

I hope you have had a chance to see the Family Tree Magazine article about the OGI (also got a mention on the cover!).  It is an excellent article written by one of their editors with a few tweaks by myself.

Have a great summer and take some time to visit family.  Maybe you will discover some clues to your genealogical mysteries.

Best regards,

Tim Manners

Monday, 5 July 2021

New Memorial Inscription Collections

Dear Users of the OGI,

I hope you are having a great summer so far.  Today, I uploaded 685 new record collections.  The majority of these are church monuments and memorial inscriptions.  As you know, a headstone can contain birth, death and family relationships so very useful for adding to your trees.  Here is one I found recently of my own 4th great-grandfather James Fletcher and his wife Eleanor (thanks BillionGraves!).  This is in Bracknell, Berkshire.  If anyone lives nearby, please send me a closeup minus all the ferns!

I am grateful to an OGI user who contacted me to recommend the Church Monuments Gazetteer and another who recommended the Somerset and Dorset Family History Society website.  The latter has an excellent memorial inscription index for hundreds of churches in those counties.  Please keep sending any recommended sites and I will add links to the database.

Here are the details about today's update:

I have had some positive experiences searching in the OGI this week.  Today, I saw a message from someone looking for a burial in Ribbesford, Worcestershire but not sure where to look.  In less than a minute, I had searched the OGI, found the resource (the National Burial Index on Findmypast) and found the burial in 1743.  I wonder how long that individual had spent looking for that burial?  I made sure to let them know about how to use the OGI in the future.  Please pass the word along to other researchers as they will save hours of time and also promote the value of the OGI to others.

The issue of Family Tree Magazine with a two page article about the Online Genealogical Index goes on sale at the end of July (the August 2021 issue).  This is the UK version of the magazine (I think there is a USA version as well).

We are off to Paignton, Devon for a week when school ends in a couple of weeks.  I hope the weather will be as nice as in this photo.

I will continue searching for valuable genealogical resources online.  After 7 years of searching, the collection has now reached 411,706 data sets.  Each of these has been personally researched, tested and documented!  I am proud to advertise the hard work of many researchers around the world who have dedicated hundreds, even thousands, of hours recording the lives of our ancestors for our benefit.

Wishing you a warm, safe and relaxing summer,

Tim Manners

Thursday, 17 June 2021

391 New Datasets uploaded

Dear Users of the OGI and readers of Family Tree Magazine!

I hope some of you found the site through the excellent article about the Online Genealogical Index (and me!) in the August issue of Family Tree Magazine UK which goes on sale in the next few weeks.

There have been two database updates on the 4th and 17th of June (a total of 391 new data sets) that may include some vital clues to your genealogical mysteries.

Here are the details:

The above 391 additions contain tens of thousands of individuals.

I love this photo of Sheffield General Cemetery as it doesn't look like Yorkshire and reminds me of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland!

The total on the OGI is now at 411,042.  This total does go up and down as I clean out duplications or dead links.  Thanks to those users who report these.  I can usually find an alternative or use the amazing Wayback Machine ( to find a backed up copy of the old sites.  The OGI contains 2,883 links to dead sites now resurrected on this free service.

I am aware of many major genealogical projects on their way this year bringing more access to digitized microfilms and transcribed records for free.  Have you looked at the new Image Viewer at  Type in a place and see a list of digitized films ready to view.  Most can be viewed by anyone in their own home.  Teams are working hard to get more films organized and accessible through the viewer so check back often.  Other projects will open closed collections very soon.  And I will continue looking for valuable genealogical resources to add to the Online Genealogical Index database.

Thanks for your interest and support.  Thanks again to those who donate to help towards running costs.  (And if you haven't done so, even £1 a month would be very welcome!)

Wishing you a warm and mask-free summer,

Tim Manners

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Two more May updates

Dear Users of the OGI,

There were two more updates uploaded in May so I want to show the content here to track what has been done.  It may be useful for you to see which sites and counties have new information.  Findmypast updated their Carmarthenshire collection which has now been completely refreshed in the OGI database.

  • TINSTAAFL Marriages - 12 new parishes
  • TINSTAAFL Norfolk Baptisms - 2 new parish
  • Findmypast Carmarthenshire Baptisms - 92 new and updated data sets
  • Findmypast Carmarthenshire Marriages and Banns - 111 new and updated data sets
  • Findmypast Carmarthenshire Burials - 83 new and updated
  • Findmypast Middlesex Baptisms - 3 new parishes
  • Findmypast Suffolk Early Burials Index - 34 updated parishes
  • FamilySearch - 8 new parish registers and memorial inscriptions
  • FamilySearch, IGI Batches - 613 updates
  • Gravestone Photos - 5 new cemeteries
Current total on the site is 411,256

The August issue of Family Tree Magazine will have a two page article about the Online Genealogical Index.  It will go on sale the last week of June.  I am very grateful for their interest in the site and to spread the word.  Glad to see that my pet project started on a spreadsheet in 2014 is now regularly used by thousands.

Thanks again to those sharing donations towards running costs.  Really appreciate every penny.

Wishing you a warm June,

Tim Manners

Friday, 14 May 2021

Large new Norfolk Gravestone Collection added today

Dear Users of the OGI,

Findmypast has released an amazing collection of 47,170 photos of gravestones in Norfolk graveyards.  This collection is introduced on the What's New? section of the Findmypast blog.

"Norfolk resident Louise Cocker provided us with these amazing photos. Louise's mission is to document all of the graves and memorials in her home county and we'll be adding more to the collection over time."

What an amazing project!  You can browse each collection by graveyard/church.  There is no index linked yet to help you find specific family names.  Maybe that will come later.

With this collection of locations and other items referenced below, the current total of data sets stands at 411,234.

Here are details about today's upload:

I hope these will help you locate those allusive ancestors.  One day, I might find more of my missing Manners line through headstones photographed or transcribed by enthusiastic volunteers.  

Wishing you a good spring,

Tim Mannes

Saturday, 8 May 2021

Two new updates

Dear Users of the OGI,

There was a large update on 30th April and a small one today, 8th May.  Some of these items replace incomplete or updated data sets.

The current total on the site is now 410,553.  I just wish I had the time and energy to get the thousands of additional resources processed and online for all to use.  The site continues to grow and become more useful.  Thank you to those who have suggested some excellent sites to include (Trafford War Dead and Greater Manchester Blitz Victims are two) and for those reported dead links needing updating.  This helps me to make sure the site is useful and the best place to start before trawling through sites manually.  I have done that for you already!

Here is the list of the latest updates:

  • Trafford War Dead (136 Memorials)
  • FreeReg (42 new parishes in Essex, Oxfordshire and Derbyshire)
  • Tinstaafl Marriage Project (18 new parishes)
  • Tinstaafl Norfolk Baptisms (3 new parish)
  • Greater Manchester Blitz Victims (31 locations)
  • FamilySearch Northumberland Parish Register collection (5 new parishes)
  • Gravestonephotos (10 new cemeteries)
  • Devon Baptisms (49 new parishes)
  • Devon Burials (32 new parishes)
  • Devon Marriages and Banns (71 new parishes)
  • Glamorganshire Baptisms (195 new and updated parishes)
  • Glamorganshire Burials (168 new and updated parishes)
  • Glamorganshire Marriages and Banns (199 new and updated parishes)
  • Monmouthshire Baptisms (160 new and updated parishes)
  • Monmouthshire Burials (152 new and updated parishes)
  • Monmouthshire Marriages and Banns (149 new and updated parishes)

I hope this gives you the motivation to continue using the site and enjoy the new resources.  Please keep sending in your suggestions and corrections.  I really appreciate every one.  You are becoming my eyes and ears for improvements.

Thanks to those who have generously sent in a donation.  It really does make a difference and offset the costs incurred for hosting and the recent professional updates.  Very different from last year's site for sure!

Until the next update,

Tim Manners

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Large updates for Essex and Lancashire

Dear Users of the OGI,

Last night, an update of 1,576 new items was uploaded bringing the current total to 410,227 data sets on the site.

The major portion was for FreeReg in Essex and Manchester Ancestors for Lancashire.

The content is as follows:

  • Manchester Ancestors - 1,094 War memorials in Cheshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire
  • OPC Dorset - 8 new data sets
  • Durham Records Online - 8 new data sets
  • FreeReg - 401 Essex parish data sets
  • Gravestonephotos - 8 new collections
  • TINSTAAFL Norfolk Baptisms - 3 new parishes
  • TINSTAAFL Marriages Project - 16 new parishes
  • Lancashire OPC - 28 new data sets

The use of the site has grown due to the articles in Who Do You Think You Are magazine and the recent online article by Family Tree magazine.  It will keep me busier responding to questions and reports of problematic links but will result in the site being more streamlined and accurate.

The FreeReg project will take many months to complete then I will work on FindaGrave updates and some FamilySearch IGI unnamed batches.  The site will continue to grow for many years to come!

Until next time,

Tim Manners