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 parishrecord.org.

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 archive.org and FamilySearch.org.  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)

Gravestonephotos.com (10 new cemeteries)

ManxBMD.com - Isle of Man Civil Registration (66 data sets)

I am glad to see that the total of data sets on OGIndex.org 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 ldsgenealogy.com, 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,


Monday, 10 June 2019

Biggest update of the year!

Dear fans of OGI,

Today I was able to upload the largest update for a LONG time.  4,922 new record sets!

Here is the breakdown by website name.

Sheffield Indexers (16 new record sets)

Gravestone Photos (25 new record sets)

Tinstaafl Norfolk Baptisms (2 new parishes)

Tinstaafl Marriage Index (92 new parishes covering Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, Warwickshire and Worcestershire)

Essex Parish Registers (1,848 record sets)
Norfolk Bishop's Transcripts (890 parishes)
Norfolk Archdeacon's Transcripts (656 parishes)

Great London Burial Indes (66 new parishes)
Cardiganshire Parish Records (46 new record sets)

Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts (374 parishes)
Norfolk Bishop's Transcripts (890 parishes)

Durham Records Online (6 new parish record sets)

An additional few record sets were found for Lancashire Civil Registration and Dorset Memorial Inscriptions.

I was disappointed to see the new FamilySearch Herefordshire collection has been indexed WITHOUT a place name.  You can only search by name then look at the linked image to see if it your ancestor.  I was able to find the master list of the coverage of this collection so you will know which parishes are included.  (Unique to ogindex.org)

The Ancestry Essex collections added last week also had no coverage table so I contacted the Essex Record Office and they guided me to their content given to Ancestry so I could add a breakdown of parishes to the OGI!  (No one else has that info!)

We are still trying to fix the problem with Wales and the Isle of Man.  The hosting company has added some additional security which has broken the drop-down list.  

If you want to search for a place in Wales, you can use this text as the address and add the name of the place to the end:  https://ogindex.org/search?country=Wales&town=

For the Isle of Man, use this text (add the place name at the end and paste it into your address bar):  https://ogindex.org/search?country=Isle+of+Man&town=

I hope we can find a solution very soon.  Thanks for your continue patience.

Best wishes for a wonderful summer ahead.  I am sure there will be new updates soon.

Kind regards,

Tim Manners
Creator and Owner

Friday, 24 May 2019

Huge collection of 1754-1837 marriages added for England and Wales

Dear users of the OGI,

Firstly, I must apologize that searching Wales and the Isle of Man is not working as it should but we are working on it today.  Hopefully, you will see the county list for both appear later.

The big news, and reason I am doing another update so soon, is the amazing content at my fellow researcher friend, Steve, at TINSTAAFL Transcripts

Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke (1690-1764)
His new project is to transcribe marriages from 1754-1837 in England and Wales.  This period of record keeping was started by the Hardwicke Marriage Act.  This is described on Wikipedia as follows:  "The Marriage Act 1753, full title "An Act for the Better Preventing of Clandestine Marriage", popularly known as Lord Hardwicke's Marriage Act, was the first statutory legislation in England and Wales to require a formal ceremony of marriage. It came into force on 25 March 1754."

Steve has already transcribed close to half a million marriages!  He adds new transcriptions every few days.  The full site will be live by the end of August but currently includes marriages for most Welsh counties and English counties from Berkshire to Staffordshire.  Suffolk through Yorkshire coming in the summer.  Visit his site hereI have linked his existing parishes and added them to the Online Genealogical Index.  

This week also included some new headstone photos and transcriptions from gravestonephotos.com and billiongraves.com.  Also, another set from Steve's other site, Norfolk Baptism Project for the parish of King's Lynn, St Margaret covering baptisms from 1813-1880.  Also, three more parish record indexes from durhamrecordsonline.com

It is always a pleasure to locate these amazing projects and link them to the database for all to find and appreciate.

The full total of data sets added on 23rd May is 658.  New total of records on the OGI is 390,547.  Maybe I will reach my goal of 400,000 this year after all!

I know you will find the content on Steve's marriage site very useful and hope you enjoy using it in the future.  I will keep all new parishes added to the OGI for easy access.

Until the next update,

Tim Manners
Creator and Owner

Friday, 17 May 2019

Lots of new records for Lancashire, Lincolnshire and Somerset

Dear fans of the Online Genealogical Index,

Another update of 190 data sets today including parish registers, memorial inscriptions and gravestone photos.  This brings the total number of data sets on the site to 389,898.

Here is a summary of today's new additions:

Parish Registers on Genuki.org.uk (7 sets)

Memorial Inscriptions found on a "dead" website using web.archive.org (2 sets)

Parish Register transcriptions from lan-opc.org.uk (74 sets)

New Parish Record additions by Findmypast (50 sets)

Parish Register Transcriptions on Genuki.org.uk (84 sets)

There are a few parish register and memorial inscription additions for Durham, Gloucestershire, Kent, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, Rutland and Suffolk.

Ancestry recently updated their URLs for all collections in the catalog.  I have discovered 16 collections are now unusable (missing or broken) and have reported this to Ancestry this week.  If you would like to see which collections are missing, here is a list:

  1. Bedfordshire, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records
  2. Berkshire, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records
  3. Devon, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records
  4. Durham, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records
  5. Kent, England, Extracted Parish Records
  6. Lancashire, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records
  7. London Churches, Christening and Baptismal Records
  8. London Churches, Burials and Deaths Records
  9. Norfolk, England, Extracted Parish Records
  10. Somerset, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records
  11. Suffolk, England, Selected Church of England Parish Registers, 1558-1778
  12. Suffolk, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records
  13. Surrey, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records
  14. Westmorland, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records
  15. Wiltshire, England, Selected Church of England Parish Registers, 1591-1812
  16. Wiltshire, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records
I have left these in the OGI for now hoping the problem will be fixed soon.  

I appreciate all those reading the blog and using the site.  I know it is saving you all time in your research and, hopefully, guiding you to little-known sources.  You are welcome to leave comments on the blog. I love hearing from those using the site.

Please help by passing the word around to others engaged in family history research!  


Tim Manners
Creator and Owner

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

New and updated collections for Kent, Norfolk and Somerset

Hello fellow researchers,

Today's update includes 1,150 data sets.  Some are updates where a website address has changed.

Ancestry have completed bishop's transcripts for Norfolk which added 259 data sets to that collection.  They have also released a Kent Parish Register collection of 355 data sets.  The results are text only and you are unable to view the original parish registers.  Good news is that this is a copy of the collection found on FamilySearch where the transcriptions and images are free to view.

I have used the wonderful web.archive.org (which backs up websites) to recover lost data on the defunct Online Parish Clerk site for Kent.  I was able to add 88 data sets that are no longer found outside of archive.org.

The largest collection updated and re-added to the OGI today was from the Somerset site wsom-opc.org.uk.  They have recently changed their addresses and now the 433 data sets are working properly again.

Other additions include new baptisms in Norfolk, gravestones throughout the country and a new data set from opcdorset.org.

I hope you have had success this past month with the data referenced on the OGI.  I certainly have and saved hours of research time!

This week, Jeniann from ldsgenealogy.com kindly donated some funds towards the upkeep of ogindex.org.  Her website is similar to mine for the United States and is an excellent resource for those of you researching the USA.  Anyone can donate using the link at the bottom of the home page.  Every pound helps keep the site running!

New total of OGI data sets is 389,805.

Until next time,

Tim Manners
Creator and Owner

Friday, 19 April 2019

Big news for Durham, Northumberland and Yorkshire

Dear Fellow Genealogical Researchers,

Findmypast has released a large collection of Durham Bishop's Transcripts covering Durham, Northumberland, Cumberland and Yorkshire.  These are transcripts of their Durham Bishop's Transcript Image collection which was released last year.

They have also released an update to The National Burial Index.  This has added hundreds of records for Durham, Essex and Yorkshire.  These have all been updated on the Online Genealogical Index today making the total of available data set links 389,090.  The goal of reaching 400,000 this year is still in my sights!

Here is the breakdown of what was added today.

Total sets added/updated today was 1,883.  As many of the National Burial entries were updates of year ranges to existing locations, I removed them and uploaded the new details.

I know there are some major collections coming this year from FamilySearch and will add the links to the OGI as soon as they are available.

I wish all of you a wonderful Easter and look forward to informing you of the next updates.

Kind regards,

Tim Manners
Creator and Owner

Friday, 5 April 2019

Large updates for Kent Parish Registers

Hello fellow genealogical researchers,

A quick entry to inform you all about the large release of Kent data from Findmypast that was announced today.  I have now updated all the Kent Baptisms, Marriages and Burials on the Online Genealogical Index to include these entries.  

The total number of data sets referenced on the OGI now totals 388,235.

There are also some new memorial inscription data sets for Derbyshire, Dorset, Suffolk, Sussex and Yorkshire as well as some parish register sets for Dorset, Durham and Suffolk.

I am committed to finding more resources to improve the options a researcher has to find data quickly.  Personally, using the OGI this week has been very successful and I was able to locate ancestors in minutes.  I hope you are having similar experiences.

Easter greetings to all.


Tim Manners
Creator and Owner

Friday, 29 March 2019

Over two hundred new resources added today!

Hello friends of OGI,

The website has now been recommended by the Family History Guide and links their researchers to the resources found at ogindex.org.  Glad to know others in the genealogical community recognize the contribution of this site!

New data sets uploaded today:


8 new Berkshire Baptism sets from findmypast


78 digital Parish Register books from FamilySearch Books


7 digital Parish Register books from FamilySearch Books
2 transcriptions from opcdorset


12 new data sets from FamilySearch, DurhamRecordsOnline and gravestonephotos.com


1 new cemetery from gravestonephotos.com


7 digital marriage registers from FamilySearch Books


4 new births and deaths data sets from Lancashire BMD


39 Memorial Inscription collections from FamilySearch
1 baptism set from Norfolk Baptism Project
1 set from gravestonephotos.com


7 new parish register data sets from DurhamRecordsOnline


29 parish registers from FamilySearch Books
3 memorial inscription collections from gravestonephotos.com


2 Memorial inscriptions collections from gravestonephotos.com
1 digital parish register from FamilySearch Books


7 new memorial inscription record collections from gravestonephotos.com


6 digital parish registers from FamilySearch Books


25 digital parish registers from FamilySearch Books
9 digital Memorial Inscription collections from FamilySearch
4 new marriage data sets from Yorkshire BMD

Total items added is 214.  

As you can see, I have been busy using FamilySearch Books who recently changed their search page and image browser.

I highly recommend you take a look and experiment with the search options to find what you need.  I hope the filtering options will improve over time but it is a lot more user friendly than the previous version.  You will only be able to view items marked as 'Public'.

I am confident there are thousands of other digital books in this resource which contain vital and church records for England, Wales and the Isle of Man.  I will continue looking through this collection and adding links to the Online Genealogical Index.

Hopefully, these new records will help you find your ancestors and complete branches of your family tree.

With kind regards and thanks for your support,

Tim Manners
Creator and Owner

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Large update for March

Greetings fellow researchers,

I have had a busy few months with a visit to Salt Lake City for RootsTech 2019.  

I was pleased to meet with many of the top data website companies and tell them about the Online Genealogical Index.  Many were invited to advertise the OGI on their sites and also inform me about updates to their own databases.  This bodes well for the OGI to stay up to date with changes at Billiongraves.com and findagrave.com.

I briefly met Dick Eastman, famed genealogist, and thanked him for his excellent newsletter and blog.  If you are not familiar with it, take a look here.

Findmypast have been especially busy releasing new record sets and I have added them to the OGI today.

Here is my detailed list of what has been added to the database.

41 new cemeteries from gravestonephotos.com


  • 6 new parish record sets from the Dorset Online Parish Clerk site


  • 4 new indexes from the Durham Records Online site


  • 4 new parishes included in the Lancashire Civil Registration site
  • 57 new parish record sets added by the Lancashire Online Parish Clerk site
  • 107 Catholic record sets from Findmypast
  • 506 Parish Record sets from Findmypast
  • 112 new school record sets from Findmypast


  • 3 new parishes added from the Norfolk Baptism Project

  • 6 new parishes added from the Durham Records Online site

  • 9 new parish record sets added to Staffordshire Civil Registration site

  • 3 new parish marriage record sets from Yorkshire Civil Registration site
  • 313 new parish record sets from Findmypast
  • Sheffield Telegraph Obituary Index from 1850 to 1970
The total of added record sets was 1,180 bringing the total sets available on the OGI to 386,796.

Big Thanks to user Michael Jones who sent a donation in appreciation for the website.  I am glad he finds it useful.  It does cost a few hundred pounds a year to keep the site running and every donation is greatly appreciated by me.

I have high hopes for new data being made available in 2019 and commit to adding as much as I can to the Online Genealogical Index for your easy access!

Until the next update!

Tim Manners
Creator and Owner

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

First additions of 2019

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year.  I am excited for all that 2019 has to offer (a little nervous about the effects of the type of Brexit we eventually will have to live with) and know that the Online Genealogical Index will continue to grow and offer more resources for your research success!

As we look forward to Spring, I would like to share a photo from the River Trent passing through Burton on Trent, where I currently reside.  We look forward to seeing this type of rejuvenation of nature in the next few months.

Things seem to slow a little in regards to new collections but I have just uploaded over 400 new record collections today.  Here is the list of details.
  • Berkshire - Parish Records for Sunninghill from FamilySearch.org (19 batches)
  • Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Oxfordshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Yorkshire - England Roman Catholic Parish Records from Find My Past (202 batches)
  • Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Dorset, Durham, Norfolk, Suffolk, Yorkshire - Memorial Inscriptions from Gravestonephotos.com (14 batches)
  • Cumberland/Cumbria, Durham and Lincolnshire - National Burial Index additions from Find My Past (81 batches)
  • Durham and Northumberland - Parish Record Transcriptions from Durham Records Online (6 batches)
  • Kent - Parish Records from Find My Past (7 batches)
  • Lancashire - Parish Records and Memorial Inscriptions from Lancashire Online Parish Clerks (13 batches)
  • Lancashire - Civil Registration Births, Marriages and Deaths (22 batches)
  • Norfolk - Parish Baptisms from Norfolk Baptism Transcripts (6 batches)
  • Norfolk - Parish Records from Find My Past (23 batches)
  • Middlesex - Baptisms for Islesworth parish from Find My Past (1 batch)
  • Staffordshire - Civil Registration Deaths and Marriages (7 batches)
  • Yorkshire - Civil Registration Marriages (3 batches)
This brings the total of data sets on the site to 385,616.  Remember, a data set can be a huge collection of names and dates such as baptisms from Lichfield, St Chads for 1538-1900, for example.  Even though we have 385 thousand data sets, this covers millions of names and, hopefully, records of your ancestors waiting to be discovered by you!

As you can see, there are always new data sets being released to help find your ancestors.  The OGI puts them all in one reference place so you don't have to jump from site to site!

I look forward to a busy year and hope to reach 400,000 data sets on the site before the end of December.  

Thank you for using the site.  I would love to hear from you and your experiences, suggestions, comments.  Please use the comment section below this entry to make contact or email me at admin@ogindex.org.

Have a wonderful Spring!


Tim Manners
Creator and Owner