Monday, 19 March 2018

Latest Additions include many resources from

I have just totalled the number of pages I have reviewed over the past four years while compiling genealogical data for the Online Genealogical Index.  These scanned books includ historical magazines, pedigrees, local histories, school records, graveyard surveys,  parish registers, etc.  The total number of pages I have personally examined is over 110,000.  That is a lot of paperbacks!

The fruit of my labour are 3,768 links to genealogical data found at  You may wonder why this is such a big deal seeing that the OGI has over 372,000 data sets.  Many of these digital books are unique and valuable resources.

Here are some impressive examples of the types of resources found at

Phillimore's Marriage Register collections including this one for Harwell, Berkshire
Memorial Inscriptions in the church and churchyard for Little Missenden, Buckinghamshire
School Registers from Repton, Derbyshire (includes birth dates and parent's name)
Complete Parish Registers like this one from Doddinton Pigot, Lincolnshire
Detailed pedigrees similar to this discovery for the Manners family from Framlington, Northumberland (No connection to my family so far!)
All gravestones at Almondbury, All Saints, Yorkshire published in 1880.

The value of graveyard surveys from old books and magazines is that many of these were done in the 1800s and the older headstones are either illegible, damaged or missing today. is an amazing website with everything from historical books to newsreel footage, rare concert audio, classic video games (you can play them right on the website!), photo collections and, one of my favourites, backups of "dead" websites (see  The latter is an amazing resource for genealogical information.  More on that in a future blog post.

To see's genelealogical collection, click HERE.  With over 134,000 genealogical books and magazines, I personally have a lot of pages left to review, thousands of hours of reading!

Additions to the OGI in March include:

Marriage Records from Cumberland, Denbighshire, Durham, Lancashire, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.
Parish Registers and Memorial Inscriptions from Cheshire, Kent, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Suffolk, Warwickshire and Westmorland.
School Registers from Essex, Kent, London, Middlesex, Surrey and Yorkshire.
Welsh War Memorials from Denbighshire, Flintshire and Merionethshire.

I will be 'quiet' for a few weeks as I travel to the United States with my family to attend the wedding of my daughter, Reilly, and Samuel Pakratz of Tooele, Utah.  As people have reminded me, "That's what happens when you send your daughter to university in Utah!"  We are very happy and look forward to meeting Sam and his family.

I will return ready to search the depths of the internet for more unique and valuable genealogical treasures!

Best wishes and a Happy Easter to all,

Tim Manners

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

BIG NEWS! The 1939 Register of England & Wales is now available on MyHeritage

I had to share this with the users of the Online Genealogical Index as it is an excellent resource for researching more recent ancestors from 1939.

The 1939 Register used to be only available on findmypast with a special additional subscription and is still the only place to see the original images from this collection.

MyHeritage now hosts a copy of the 33+ million records of those living in England and Wales in 1939.

MyHeritage also offers free accounts for members of the LDS Church 
(LDS members can sign up by going to and click on MyHeritage)

MyHeritage is also available at any LDS Family History Center (find one near you here)

BUT the collection is not well advertised on their site so you can find it by doing the following once you have your own account....

1.  Login at
2.  Put your mouse over (do NOT click) the heading "Research"
3.  Click on "Collection Catalog"
4.  Click on the image or heading for "1939 Register of England & Wales" (or type the word '1939' into the search field at the top of the list and hit Enter)
The direct link to this collection is:

You can now search for your ancestor!  Those younger than 100 years who have not been matched to a death record will be hidden in the results.  Every year, as the 100 year mark approaches, more records will become visible.


Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Lots of new updates in February!

Greetings to my genealogical researching friends!

It has been a couple of weeks since my last post and I want you all to know what has been added to the OGI, so here is a detailed list!

Total of 5,217 data sets added or updated since my last post.  February has been busy!

There is more coming over the next few weeks then I will be off to the USA for my daughter's wedding (April 6th!) so may be quiet for a couple of weeks.

Thanks to Val, a new friend of the site who works at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah (the largest genealogical library in the world), more people will be learning about why is a great site to track down an English or Welsh ancestor.

Val sent some news this week from RootsTech in Salt Lake City:  

Carol, friend from England, and I ended up educating our neighbours about the OGI and one of them said, "I want to go home NOW and play with it!"   Other comments from Americans who joined in were "AWESOME!", "FABULOUS!"  And, very important, ..... "Why didn't we know about This?"

Between the two of us we taught 5 people!

She is so happy with, she is actively promoting its use and will be teaching others about it in a training course for British research, as well as mentioning it on a daily basis to guests with British ancestry.   I am always happy to learn when the OGI is being enthusiastically used around the world.  Thanks to any of you who have promoted the website by word of mouth (or email!)

Have a good March and stay warm (especially thoses suffering through snow and freezing temperatures around the UK).

Best wishes from Staffordshire,

Tim Manners

Monday, 12 February 2018

New Discoveries in Sussex this week

The collection of data added to the Online Genealogical Index continues to grow!  There are now over 371,250 sets for thousands of places in England, Wales and the Isle of Man.  The OGI is the FIRST place to look for data as it includes all collections from, ancestry, findmypast, freereg, findagrave, Online Parish Clerk sites, billiongraves, gravestonephotos, genuki, ukbmd, and hundreds of other resources.  I continue to be amazed by the many individuals and societies who are gathering information, transcribing parish registers, photographing headstones, etc.

Findmypast released a Devon Banns collection this week which is now included in the OGI.

This week I have returned to the amazing resources at  There are thousands of genealogical magazines and books from the 1800's.  One of these publications was the Sussex Archaeological Collections which was first published in 1847.  Each annual publication was often over 350 pages in length and a treasure trove of faschinating information.  The majority was about the architecture, history and people of Sussex but, sometimes, transcriptions of parish registers, church memorials or graveyards are included.  Many of these are uniquely found in this publication and the OGI now includes 2,978 links to items found at  

Here is an example of a detailed survey of monuments in the parish church at Rye along with the headstones in the churchyard and the burying ground (two locations).  It may help to justify the hundreds of hours of reading and tens of thousands of pages I have reviewed (The current total is at least 65,000 pages just for Sussex so far!)

Additional items added this week include updates at the country pages of the site.  These are local transcriptions of civil registration which include, for marriages, the actual church or registry office.  As you may know, the data at FreeBMD only tells you the district of the event so knowing the exact church of a marriage can help you locate the original record on the parish registers (use OGI to find the available records online!)

The Lincolnshire Parish Register collection at familysearch continues to be added to the OGI (their collection has no browse option) so there are now just over 200 places to check before it is completely represented.  

I look forward to discovering more useful resources to help you locate your ancestors and will continue to update you here when collections are added to the Online Genealogical Index.

Thank you for your use of the site!

Tim Manners
Creator and Owner of the OGI

Friday, 2 February 2018

Over 700 new data sets added this week!

I hope you are having a successful and healthy 2018.

This weeks additions include more parishes from Lincolnshire, Findmypast collections from Durham, Northumberland and Yorkshire, more cemeteries from and parish records from the Dorset Onlne Parish Clerk website.  The latter is an excellent example of the great contribution that volunteer transcribers can give to the community.

This weeks panic was my discovery that Genuki had changed their URL structure meaning that my 1200+ Genuki links were in danger of not working.  I had to manually review each one and update many to keep them working.  Genuki has a large collection of publically donated parish records and is a good resource for free information.

I am now down to 300 Lincolnshire parishes to review and add to the OGI so that should be coming to an end in February.

We are having a lot more interest and use of the site which pleases me to know that my project may be helping others all over the world to track down online records of their ancestors.  Currently, about 10 people are leaving their names and emails and becoming a "friend" of the OGI.

If you have not yet read the article about the General Register Office, I highly recommend it as the tips and step-by-step instructions will help you track down more ancestors using freely available resources.  You can find the article by clicking here.

I wish you all a good week and will continue looking for new resources to help us all.

Kind regards,

Tim Manners

Friday, 26 January 2018

Updated and new collections added to the Online Genealogical Index on 26th January

Greetings to my fellow genealogy enthusiasts!

Some updates this week include Herefordshire collections from findmypast, memorials from gravestonephotos, Lancashire Online Parish Clerks updates and more.

The findmypast collections which have been updated (they all existed previously) are:

  • England, Greater Manchester Baptisms 1571-1910
  • Hertfordshire Banns & Marriages
  • Hertfordshire Baptisms
  • Hertfordshire Burials
  • Hertfordshire, Parish Registers Browse, 1538-1988
  • Northumberland and Durham Memorial Inscriptions
  • Yorkshire Memorial Inscriptions updated collections include:

  • England, Lincolnshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1990
  • England, Warwickshire, Parish Registers, 1535-1984

Rootsweb have replied to my message regarding their broken links.  They are working on restoring lost links as soon as possible (though this has been their explanation since 9th January).  The majority of Rootsweb links in the OGI are in Derbyshire and most parishes and year ranges are available elsewhere.  I am still hoping that Rootsweb will come through and get all their genealogical links fixed soon.  For now, I am leaving them in place on the site hoping they will start working in the next few weeks.

I have had an average of 10 people a day leave their name and email to become a "friend" of the Online Genealogical Index which is most appreciated.  If you haven't yet left your information, please consider it an advantage.  

Thank you for your interest and use of the site.  I am devoted to finding quality data to help you in your research.

Have a good week,

Tim Manners

Friday, 19 January 2018

A Guide to using the General Register Office (GRO) Index

As promised, I have created an 11 page guide to using the General Register Office Index.  
It includes step-by-step examples and lots of screen shots.

General Register Office

You will learn how to use the GRO Index to locate missing maiden names, find missing children (born and died between census years), find death ages and birth years of those born before 1837.

The guide is a PDF which can be downloaded by clicking HERE.

I hope this guide helps you use the GRO Index to its full advantage.

Thanks again for your interest and use of the Online Genealogical Index.  Combined with the GRO Index, FreeBMD and the UK census (1841-1911 free at, you will find further generations of your ancestors quickly.

Best regards from a fellow genealogist!

Tim Manners
OGI Creator

Friday, 12 January 2018

OGI total passes 370,000 data sets!

Today's update of 410 additional data sets has pushed the total over 370,000!  Now my goal is to reach 400,000 by the end of the year.

I hope you are all having a good 2018 so far and finding some time to research your ancestors.  The OGI continues to save hours of time by showing me exactly which sites have the data I need.

I enjoyed using the GRO Index this past week to verify some maiden names and find missing children (who were born and died inbetween censuses) so I have decided to create a detailed step-by-step guide on how to use the GRO Index.  That will be uploaded to the blog this month.

This weeks updates include the first part of the FamilySearch Lincolnshire Parish Registers collection which is slow going as each place (and there are over 600 parishes in that county) need to be manually searched and the start and end date ranges tested.  The first batch added to the OGI today is 108 parishes, 508 left to check!  I will upload another section next week.  This allows you to know if your Lincolnshire ancestors from a specific place are included in this collection by searching for the town in the OGI.

The Norfolk Baptisms Project site has added another set of baptism transcripts from Norfolk, namely Ovington, St John the Evangelist from 1813-1880.

There are also new collections added to the OGI from Findmypast:

The Norfolk Monumental Inscriptions 1600-1900's Image Browse includes 14,000 headstone transcriptions for 260 Norfolk cemeteries.

The Lancashire, Oldham Cemetery Registers 1797-2004 Image Browse which guides you immediately to the films you need to view cemetery and burial registers along with other related material for the city and suburbs of Oldham.

The Middlesex Monumental Inscriptions 1485-2014 collection has been updated to include date ranges for each of its 23 cemeteries.  

Findmypast also announced the addition of the Wiltshire parish baptisms index 1538-1917 collection but, yet again, this is not new and has been on their site for a number of months already.  I have asked them why they do this and their answer was they wanted to "highlight" existing collections.  Fair enough, but I don't think they should be marketed as "New Records".  It is misleading and untrue.

Rootsweb are still recovering from their security concerns and according to an update on 9th Jan, they are trying to activate a lot of personal genealogical sites a few hundred at a time.  More info here.  If you find a reference to a rootsweb site on the OGI and you cannot see the correct content, remember to use the amazing Internet Archive Wayback Machine that can show you backed up copies of websites.  The OGI actually includes 1,939 sites which are no longer online thanks to the Wayback Machine!  I am unaware of any other genealogical website offering links to dead sites.  If you find some which are not included on the OGI, please let me know!

I hope the new additions will be of use to you and will add to your research resources.

Best wishes for a successful week of genealogical research!

Tim Manners

Friday, 5 January 2018

First additions of 2018!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Years!

This weeks new additions brings the data set total to 369,757 and includes the following:

England, Cheshire School Records, 1782-1950 from Findmypast (120 sets of school records).  These often include the student's full name, birth date and father's name.  This collection has been available for a while on for free but now Findmypast has released the same data.  This is an example of where data was exchanged between the two organizations.  The advantage for us all is more paid collections appear for free on!  All locations have been added to

FamilySearch has released the collection, England, Surrey Parish Registers, 1536-1992.  I have spent many hours going through this in detail to determine which parishes and year ranges are available and these have now been added to  I will be doing the same for the new England, Lincolnshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1990.

And, as usual, I have caught the new entries added over Christmas to the thorough Norfolk Baptisms Project site which is indexing all baptisms throughout Norfolk between 1813 and 1880. (see Tinstaafl Transcripts).  This past weeks addition was Hindringham, St Martin.

Have a great January!  I hope to add more records to the site for your research this month and will add a new blog entry with details each time that occurrs.  

If anyone has electronic copies of transcriptions, graveyard surveys, etc and is willing to share them with the world, they can be hosted by!  Just contact me at with details. 

Thanks for your support and use of the site!

Happy hunting (for ancestors),