Friday, 19 July 2019

Online Genealogical Index now has over 400 Thousand Data Sets!

Dear Friends of the OGI!

Happy to finally reach the goal of passing 400,000 data sets today!

Findmypast had a large addition with 1,924 new parish transcriptions.
Other notables are 166 IGI batches from FamilySearch for the county of Hertfordshire.  These are batches linked to specific places but without dates.  I have been going through these sets for the past few years and finally finished Hertfordshire today.  This helps find specific events within a year range in that county.

Lancashire Online Parish Clerk site added 21 new transcription sets.

And the ever-growing Hardwicke Marriage Act site added another 4 locations.  This is an amazing resource for finding maiden names of your female ancestors before the beginning of civil registration in the summer of 1837.  The range of marriage years on the site is 1754-1837.  In August, the final county of Yorkshire will be made available.  New additions are posted on the home page and the site will continue growing for years to come.

The total on the site today has reached 400,917.

I will soon be away for some family holiday time in Devon and Somerset.  I then have a surgery on 16th of August and a number of weeks of recovery time.  As soon as I feel able, I will continue searching and adding new data to the OGI.  

Thank you all for your support.  Would love to hear from you sometime.  Any good experiences with breaking down genealogical brick walls or finding an ancestor using the site would be very welcome.  This project started as a selfish reference but has grown to be a labour of love and my life's work.

Wishing you all success in your searches,

Tim Manners
Creator and Owner

Friday, 12 July 2019

Corrections and updates boost total OGI data sets closer to 400K

Hello friends of the Online Genealogical Index,

A quick note to let you know I have added an update of 894 records today bringing the total data sets on the site to 398,779!

I had to remove a collection then reupload the latest version to catch all changes (Findmypast's Middlesex Baptisms)

Big additions are details of each parish for FamilySearch's Bristol, Non-Conformists and Westminster, Parish Records.  You will now go immediately to the correct image set directly from the OGI, a feature not available at for these collections.

Wishing you all a pleasant and renewing summer,

Tim Manners
Creator and Founder

Friday, 5 July 2019

Big summer update!

Dear users of the OGI,

I have been working hard looking for new content and today's update adds 1,116 new data sets to the site.

I have decided to highlight updates by county this week:

Bedfordshire - 62 parish register collections from
Derbyshire - 12 parish register and memorial inscription collections from
Durham - 18 parish register collections from
Essex - 18 parish register collections from
Gloucestershire - 3 parish record collections from
Hampshire - 3 parishes from and 9 from
Herefordshire - 17 parish register collections from
Lancashire - 21 civil registration record sets from
Somerset - 7 memorial inscription surveys from
Staffordshire - 760 parish register image collections from and 16 civil registration sets from
Wiltshire - 32 marriage data sets from
Worcestershire - 32 marriage data sets from
Yorkshire - 29 parish register collections from

This latest update brings the total of data sets on the OGI to 398,157

In the next few weeks, the final county of Yorkshire will be added to the amazing site mentioned on previous posts, "Hardwicke Marriage Index" found here

This site already has 469,801 marriages from England and Wales between 1754 and 1837.  This can certainly extend your family tree by showing the maiden names of your ancestors married before the start of Civil Registration in July of 1837.

New data sets coming soon for Bristol and Westminster.  These are collections already available on but have no labels.  

There are so many people gathering and transcribing information who then share it with the world online.  My goal has been to make those records and websites more accessible to others.

I wish each of you a wonderful summer.  Maybe you will take some time to visit a cemetery or ancestral locations.  I still have fond memories of visiting the town of Belford in Northumberland and finding the headstone of my great-great-grandparents, Joseph John and Eleanor Mary Manners.  


He is the end of our family tree on the Manners side.  Hope to find his parents one day.

Until next time,

Tim Manners
Creator and Owner