Friday, 8 November 2019

Hundreds of new resources for Yorkshire

Dear users of the OGI,

Another week has flown by and another update has been added to the site today.

This weeks major addition boosts resources for Yorkshire.  I was guided to a set of memorial inscriptions with individual photos of each headstone on  A link to each location has now be added to the OGI.

Check out the index here:

The updates this week are listed below.

  • Isle of Man Parish Registers from (6 data sets)
  • Lancashire Civil Registration Marriages (3 data sets)
  • Shropshire Civil Registration Marriages (77 data sets)
  • Yorkshire Civil Registration Marriages (2 data sets)
  • Yorkshire Memorial Inscriptions and Parish Registers (481 data sets)
  • Yorkshire War Memorials from (5 data sets)

New total of 402,011 data sets.  

Findmypast updated their Dorset collections combining some together. These have now been updated on the OGI.  

Had a great experience researching with my friend Andy this week.  We struggled to find the christening of an ancestor in Lowthorpe, Yorkshire with the name Elizabeth Ellerley as recorded on her marriage entry in the parish register of Beverley, Yorkshire.

On reviewing the birth registration of her children in the General Register Office, we saw that they were recorded with a mother's maiden name of Hillaby.  

We then cross-referenced the marriage entry for Elizabeth Ellerley and noted that she had not signed her name and simply marked it with an X.  This made us think that phonetically, Ellerley and Hillaby sound similar and the parish clerk could have transcribed the name she said at the time of the marriage.

Upon seeking an Elizabeth Hillaby in Lowthorpe at the right birth year (using the OGI), we found Betty Hillaby's birth date, christening, parents and, sub sequentially, all her siblings. We then linked into another tree taking the line on Elizabeth Hillaby's father's side back to the 1500s.  

This experience was a good reminder how the GRO Index is an excellent tool for breaking through brick walls such as the previous example.  Don't forget to download my free guide on using the GRO by clicking here.  It includes many examples and step-by-step instructions of how to find more ancestors using this resource.

Currently working on a transcription of the contents of Pallot's Marriage Index which can be found on Ancestry (but with no contents).  I found an old typed manuscript on a digital film made many decades ago and have been working on getting it transcribed.  This resource will add thousands of links to the OGI.

Until the next update,

Tim Manners
Creator and Owner

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