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Offline the happy granny

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Online Parish Clerks - OPC
« on: Thursday 31 March 05 14:40 BST (UK) »
I wonder how many people there are, like me.who have been helped tremendously by On-line Parish Clerks?
One I gave a small piece of information to and she took me back several generations by looking at census and old church records......all unsolicited!
They should all take a bouquet!!
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Re: Online Parish clerks
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 31 March 05 19:31 BST (UK) »
We tend to forget about the Parish Clerk. They will have records going back many, many years on all sorts of matters - we should make more use of them.
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Re: Online Parish clerks
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 31 March 05 20:52 BST (UK) »
What is the best means of making use of them? I have not even heard of a Parish Clerk !

But every little helps!

Wendi
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unless it agrees with your own reason and with your own common sense" ~ Buddha

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BUCKLEY ~ Cork & Manchester
FRANKLIN ~ Clerkenwell, London
BRADY ~ Kildare & Manchester
DERICK ~ France
FRIEND ~ Kent & Portsmouth
TYLDESLEY ~ Lancashire
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Re: Online Parish clerks
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 31 March 05 21:18 BST (UK) »
Hi Wendi,

for you and everybody else who doesn't know this excellent resource,
here is a description which appears on almost every Online Parish Clerk (OPC) site:

An Online Parish Clerk (OPC) researches all  the available historical data they can find on a parish,  records are transcribed, and in order to promote further private research, are made FREELY available to any researcher. This will include census,  parish transcripts, bishop's transcripts and churchwardens accounts, overseers  accounts, land tax records, postal directory extracts, church & village histories, etc. An OPC is a volunteer and should not be confused with the civil Parish Clerk appointed by a Parish Council.

Some OPC sites have on-line databases, which you can search,
others tend to concentrate on offering look-ups.

Coincidently, just yesterday, I entered a description of the Dorset OPC site on RootsChat at
 http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php/topic,46534.0.html

For other sites, enter OPC in the RootsChat search engine,
you will also find RootsChatters opinions of these sites.

Offhand I can think of Dorset, Cornwall, Devon, Lancashire, Kent, Wiltshire and Sussex,
who are part of the OPC Project.
Several RootsChatters are OPCs or are actively engaged in this project.

Hope this gives an idea  of the possibilities,
Bob
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Re: Online Parish clerks
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 31 March 05 21:37 BST (UK) »
Fantastic!

No Bob I mean the information, not the speed of your responce ;)

I really continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity of people interested in this kind of work!...I never knew...Look out Monmouth here I come......

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unless it agrees with your own reason and with your own common sense" ~ Buddha

SCOTT ~ Monmouthshire & Glamorgan
BUCKLEY ~ Cork & Manchester
FRANKLIN ~ Clerkenwell, London
BRADY ~ Kildare & Manchester
DERICK ~ France
FRIEND ~ Kent & Portsmouth
TYLDESLEY ~ Lancashire
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Re: Online Parish clerks
« Reply #5 on: Friday 01 April 05 07:44 BST (UK) »
For all those interested, here is a list of OPC sites:

Cornwall: http://west-penwith.org.uk/opc.htm:
Devon: http://www http://www.cs.ncl.ac.uk/genuki/DEV/OPCproject.html
Dorset: http://www.opcdorset.com/
Kent: http://www.kent-opc.org.uk/
Kent: http://www.kent-opc.org/
Lancashire: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~lancsopc/Index_OPC%20Main.htm
Lancashire has moved, it's now http://www.pioneerinfo.com/LAN-OPC/
Lancashire has moved again, it's now http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/
Sussex: http://www.sussex-opc.org/
Wiltshire: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/david.brown6666/wiltsopc/about.htm
Wiltshire: http://www.wiltshire-opc.org.uk/  (updated:  26.02.2009)


On the Cornwall OPC site:
"There are signs of similar schemes being started in Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Hampshire, Surrey and North and West Ridings of Yorkshire but I can't find any county coordinators or web sites."

A quick Google search for Derbyshire ("Derbyshire opc online parish") found
Stapenhill, Derbyshire: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb(.)com/~blanchec/StapOPC.htm

Try a Google search "[your county] opc online parish" to see if you can find any more !
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Re: Online Parish clerks
« Reply #6 on: Friday 01 April 05 23:13 BST (UK) »
I was also helped by a Dorset Online Parish Clerk last year, the information came back so quickly I was amazed.  The lady in question was so helpful and found all the people I was looking for in no time at all.  She was an extremely nice person and very friendly.  Highly recommended for a first rate service.

Su
Barnett Altrincham/Manchester
Bates Hindley Lancs
Bowyer Altrincham Cheshire
Cunliffe Hindley
Hollingworth Hale Barnes/Mobberley Ches
Jones Salford/Altrincham
Ramsdale Hindley Lancs
Timperley Warburton/Dunham Massey
Yarwood Great Budworth,Lymm,Dumham Massey

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Re: Online Parish clerks
« Reply #7 on: Friday 01 April 05 23:21 BST (UK) »
Su
It was probably the same Dorset OPC that helped me too!!
Sue
Gourlay,Peat,Porter,Smith,Kirk, from Ceres,Cupar,Kennoway,Fife<br />Coley,from Barcombe,Sussex<br />Cozens from Kingston Russel,Symonds from Symondsbury,Dorset<br />Catchpole,from Norfolk,London (Fulham)<br />Lock/e,from Somerset and London (Pimlico) Everett from Portsmouth and Alvechurch,Worcester<br />Carr/Wandes....Hampshire<br />Spicer,Fry,Fosher,Coulter,Burridge,Brewster,Hancock, Lotter from Kent and London Borders<br />Holloway from Sussex

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Re: Online Parish clerks
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 02 April 05 15:23 BST (UK) »
Bob, the link to the Wiltshire doesn't seem to work? ???
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