Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Review of October Updates

Hello users of the OGI!

There have been a number of updates this month and I want to give you a detailed list to show that the collection continues to be improved.  I also thought it would be of interest to show the breakdown of the data currently included.

As you can see, Findmypast is slowly catching Familysearch (the current leader) in data set totals.  I am always impressed with the 19% of non-commercial data sets (that is almost 72,000) in the Other category.  There are amazing sites with comprehensive data created by private individuals or local family history groups.  The Other Category also includes's scanned family history books which currently stands at over 3,900 data sets.  Many books include multiple locations and after reviewing around 214,000 pages of data (no wonder I wear glasses), the resources being released in these historical journals, magazines and volumes are invaluable.

There were many updated Findmypast collections this month and that involved my removing of the current collection from the OGI and uploading the new data to the site.

The total number of uploaded data sets was 1,545.  Many of these replaced outdated year ranges, etc.

Current grand total of data sets hosted on the Online Genealogical Index is 385,019.  It looks as if my dream of passing 400,000 this year may have to wait until 2019. 

Here is the list of what was added/updated in October along with the number of data sets (specific places, type and date range).

Ancestry - Surrey, England, Church of England Marriages, 1754-1937 (289)

Dorset Online Parish Clerks (1)

  • Essex Parish Register transcriptions (3)
  • Sussex Parish Register images (4)
Findmypast (1,223)
  • Dorset Baptisms (307)
  • Dorset Burials (330)
  • Kent Registers & Records (15 sets of Parish Registers and Memorial Inscriptions)
  • Kent Baptisms (31)
  • Kent Banns (5)
  • Kent Burials (36)
  • Kent Marriages (3)
  • Kent, Canterbury Archdeaconry Banns (5)
  • Kent, Canterbury Archdeaconry Baptisms (7)
  • Kent, Canterbury Archdeaconry Burials (6)
  • Kent, Canterbury Archdeaconry Marriages (3)
  • Middlesex Baptisms 1543-1876 (270)
  • Northumberland and Durham Burials (205) (14 new graveyards)

As you can see, things are still moving along in regards to new resources.  If I cannot find data needed at the OGI, I then go to the Catalog to see if digital films are available for a specific place.  I often add direct links to these parishes in the OGI for future access.  The process of doing this is explained in detail on the previous blog entry (28 September 2018).

I wish you all a good Autumn and look forward to sharing the new additions for November with you in a few weeks!

Best wishes,

Tim Manners
Creator and Owner

Friday, 28 September 2018

Updates in September include Durham, Northumberland, Suffolk and all Welsh counties

Greetings to all users of the Online Genealogical Index,

I have done a couple of updates since the last blog entry so I would like to keep everyone up to date with what has been added.

Findmypast has tweaked their Welsh parish record collections and renamed many of them.  They have combined Marriages and Banns into the same data sets and changed the Powys collections to be their original historical county names.  That has made my job easier as I previously had to research each location to determine its original county.

With these combinations, the number of data sets have dropped so the grand total on the OGI has gone down slightly.  

Apart from the Welsh changes, here are the other additions over the past few weeks.

  • 92 Suffolk graveyard and parish record transcriptions from FamilySearch
  • 755 locations in Durham, Northumberland and Yorkshire in the database.  This was previously included in the OGI but was refreshed to import many updates.  The search and results are free but only show year and registration district.  
  • 11 new data sets for Lancashire Online Parish Clerks (
  • City of London Cemetery and Crematorium image browse (440,000 names) from
  • 6 data sets of Yorkshire marriages from
There are more collections coming before the end of the year according to FamilySearch.  Ancestry has not released any major new collections for a while so perhaps they will get something online soon.

If you find a gap in available data on the OGI, use the FamilySearch Catalog and look for available scanned films.  

Here is a step-by-step:

1.  Go to and sign in to your account.

2.  Hover your mouse over Search and click on Catalog.

3.  On the catalog page, enter the place you wish to search and select the correct location from the suggestions in the drop-down list.  Click on the Online option and then the Search button.

4.  Now open the section you are interested in such as Church Records.

5.  Click on the title you wish to view.

6.  Scroll down to the film details and look for the desired date ranges noting the item number(s).  This will be important when viewing the digital film.

7.  Click on the camera icon to open the film images.

8.  Use the page number option to jump to the correct part of the film looking for the required section number.

9.  It can take a few minutes to find the correct section of the film.  You can use the Information tab which will only show when viewing a page (double-click or use the box button on the left side).  This shows all the sections on the film to help you navigate your way through the images.

10.  And after some patience, you will find the section you need.

It may seem complex but much easier than ordering a microfilm and waiting weeks for delivery which is only available at a specific location!

More records are being digitized all the time.  There are full-time camera teams all over the world serving as volunteers with FamilySearch.  This promises many more data sets to come in the future!

Have a wonderful week and I will return with more updates very soon.


Tim Manners
Creator and Owner

Friday, 7 September 2018

New additions include Isle of Wight Cemetery Database, Dorset Memorial Inscriptions, parish records from Gloucestershire, Lancashire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and more

Hello again,

It has been a number of weeks since I have updated the site.  Meanwhile, my family and I have traveled around Europe visiting friends and family (my son is serving in the British Army in Germany).

But I have been regularly finding new data to upload and today's addition of 735 data sets brings the total on to 385,320.

Here is the list of this week's updates:

  • 18 new graveyards added to
  • Cheshire Civil Registration marriages
  • Lancashire Civil Registration marriages and deaths
  • Lancashire parish registers from
  • Montomeryshire Memorial Inscriptions collection from findmypast
  • New Dorset Memorial Inscriptions collection from findmypast (252 parishes)
  • New additions for Gloucestershire and Herefordshire on the Forest of Dean Parish records website (
  • Norfolk Baptism Project additions to three parishes (
  • Over 100,000 cemetery records in thirteen Isle of Wight cemeteries from
  • Oxfordshire Memorial Inscriptions and parish registers from
  • Rootsweb Derbyshire parish regsiters, apprenticeships, bastardy indexes, cemetery records
  • Staffordshire Civil Registration deaths
  • Updates to Ancestry's Liverpool Catholic records
  • Worcestershire and Herefordshire Parish Record images from
  • Yorkshire Civil Registration marriages
I am still confident that there are many new resources and collections coming before the end of the year.

I hope you will find more ancestors in this week's additions.  I use all the time to help save time finding online records.  

Until next time,

Tim Manners
Owner and Creator

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