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 here. I 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,
Creator and Owner