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About The Project

The OPC Project concept was the original idea of family historians in Cornwall who launched the first OPC project;  Devon and Dorset followed next, and there are several now more counties taking part.  The idea is to assist those who are researching their family history in a specific parish who might otherwise have difficulty accessing information at record offices, etc.  The Wiltshire OPC Project began tentatively in 2006 and has grown from strength to strength.  Information is organised by the historic Church of England parishes within the county.  Although there is a strong focus on genealogical information, we also include historical and social information.  All parishes have been registered as one-place studies.    We now have a diary page which will be updated from time to time.  You can also follow us on Twitter and on Facebook.          Put a face to the name - meet your OPC Team.  

 

DISRUPTION TO SERVICE

Please be aware that this website may face disruption between 0400 and 0900 on January 29th, 30th and 31st for essential maintenance to the servers.   We thank you for your patience and understanding

FUNDING

The new management team face new challenges and we will keep the site running for as long as we can.  We intend to keep the site as a free to use facility but the time has come to follow other projects of a similar genre and give our users the opportunity of making a small donation to assist us to keep the site running for the longer good.  With that in mind we have set up a Go Fund Me page the purpose of this is to raise between £300-£500 over the next year to help us cover the running costs for the next two years.   Please note that this is a voluntary donation and is not a requirement to use this site.  The site will remain free to anyone who wishes to use the information we provide.  

The people who run the site do so as volunteers and receive no financial rewards whatsoever so please be assured that your donation will be used to maintain the site and for no other purpose.  Should we reach our target any surplus of funds will be put towards the following years costs although we are looking at other ways to raise funds too.   We do hope you understand our move in this direction and thank you all in advance for any support you give. 

   

Surname Interests

We have decided to create some files via Facebook to accommodate those members who would like to register their surname interests.  

 

Photo Galleries

We must apologise for anyone using the photo galleries at present.  We are still adding to these galleries but sadly the facility to sort in any particular order has been withdrawn by Google Photos which is how we at present display out images.  Also in some cases the labelling of the image itself is not showing up.  This is mainly due to the creation of new galleries.  Anything added to a previously active gallery still shows this labelling.  The OPC Webmaster and team are looking into alternatives to enable us to publish our photos and have control over the order they are seen.  Many thanks for your patience whilst this is being sorted.

 

A Little Information About Using This Website  

As mentioned previously information is laid out within parishes.  There is also a page to cover the whole of the county and also a military page which relates to the county as a whole.  There are also pages for research inquiries and other general information just explore the drop down menus at the top of the page.  Most pages follow a set layout to assist you in finding information quickly under categories which have a set order.  The Categories are Neighbouring Parishes (Contiguous); Websites; Parish Church; Parish History; Buildings & Land; Crime & Legal Matters; Directories; Education; Emigration & Migration; Employment & Business; Miscellaneous Items; Non Conformity & Other Places of Worship; People & Parish Notables; Poor Law, Charity & The Workhouse; Probate; War, Conflict and Military.  Under Transcriptions at the bottom of the page can be found any Baptisms, Marriages, Burials & Census that have been completed.  Categories will contain sub headings but these should be selective and contain a series of documents of the same kind such as parishioners wills.  The documents themselves will normally follow a layout of oldest items first reading from left to right in columns of 3 or 4 items per row.  The documents are linked to a pdf format and the title should be descriptive but concise so that you can see what you are likely to find within.  Where there is a tithing or hamlet that has a fair amount of information these will have a tab (page) within that parish towards the end of the page.  Photo Galleries can be found by following the links on parish pages or by accessing the main gallery section at the top of the page.   The most recent parishes or items updated or expanded can be found by clicking on the images under the 3 headings towards the top of the home page.  

Although most items are published on parish pages please also check the Wiltshire Additional Parish Page, Wiltshire County Wide Page, Wiltshire Military Page and the Nationwide Page.  All of these may contain additional information not published on a parish page.  

Due to the nature of the project some pages will hold more information than others.  New items are being added to the site daily.

As you can see from the Memorial Days Section to the right of the page we are adding as many soldiers memorial days as we can.  If anyone knows of soldiers whose deaths are not yet listed please let the admin team know.  You may check which names are included by browsing through the calendar facility on this page.  

 

What is an OPC?

An OPC (on-line parish clerk) is a volunteer member of the public who "adopts" a parish in Wiltshire becoming its custodian.  The OPC is then able to research the parish and transcribe historical and genealogical information for that particular parish which may be of value to family history researchers and social historians.  Our motto is "What may or may not be of interest to you, will be of interest to others".  This information is gathered from many different sources, for example, parish registers, census records, churchwardens and overseers accounts, historical wills, business and trade directories, church and village histories, newspaper reports, war casualty lists, etc.  An on-line parish clerk should not be confused with a parish clerk engaged by a parish council or parochial church council.    

 

Adopt a Parish and Become an OPC

Firstly, you do not need to live in Wiltshire, or even in the UK, to become an OPC.  We have OPC's in Australia, Canada, Holland, England, New Zealand, India, Scotland and several in Wiltshire itself!  Some OPC's choose to adopt a particular parish because their ancestors hailed from that village or town or because they once lived there themselves; some just want to be part of a voluntary project to help family history researchers worldwide.  Others choose their parish because of a subject interest such as Australian Soldiers of WWI buried in the county.  Once you adopt a parish then you become its custodian by researching and building on the resources on the parish page.  Even if a parish is adopted then other contributors are still welcome to submit items for inclusion.           More about Volunteering

You may feel you don't have the time to adopt a parish, but you can still support the Wiltshire OPC project by:-

  • donating information you may have at home - school photographs, directories, village history booklets - in fact, any historical information on a Wiltshire parish
  • transcribing - we can email records to you to transcribe at home at your own pace
  • taking photographs in Wiltshire - war memorials, buildings, village scenes, plaques, etc. 

If you would like to help with any of the above please contact the OPC of the parish you can help with or if the parish is vacant, contact our Administrator.  Please note that you will need to register and sign in to contact OPC's/Administrator (via the Contact Us tab at the top of this page)            

For a complete list of vacant parishes and other positions you could help with please visit our Vacancy page          For Items needing to be transcribed please visit our Resources Page

Site Statistics

During January 2018 OPC's and transcribers uploaded 300 items to parish pages (including updated documents).  New and updated documents added as we go through February 2018 will be published here.  New images are added to our galleries on a regular basis.  At present we have in the region of 5000 items awaiting upload, revamping or transcribing (however much more information is available elsewhere to be gathered in and processed).  We are currently working on a census trancribing programme.

At the beginning of each month the site holdings list is updated to show what can be found on parish pages and elsewhere on the site at present we have almost 21900 items on parish pages.  Items highlighted in green have been updated; Those highlighted in red or yellow are being re-transcribed and are available for look up purposes those in lilac are planned revamp items; the original upload date is in the left hand column, the date when the item was uploaded with changes is in the right hand column. 

We currently have 49 OPC's and 6 Consultants who cover between them about a third of the parishes/pages of the 335 available.   We also have 16 transcribers registered (not all active at present).  

The site currently has nearly 400 registered returning users (figures reduced after removal of expired accounts) and the web site has been visited over 355800 times.

 

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Copyright & Disclaimer

We think it is important that our users understand the strengths and limitations of this website.  The OPC Project aims to provide historical and genealogical information without charge that researchers might pay a fee for elsewhere.  OPC's voluntarily provide this information, often at their own expense by purchasing documents to transcribe.  In most cases their transcriptions are not checked by anyone other than themselves.   

Our OPC’s and volunteers are aware that material submitted for this site must be within copyright law and accreditation must be given where necessary.  Our Administrator checks items as they are submitted, however, occasionally an item may ‘slip through the net.’  If this occurs, we apologise most sincerely and will correct the issue immediately upon notification.

We don't guarantee to be perfect!  All information should be taken as a guide only and the original source consulted wherever possible.  In many cases this will be the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre.   Please note that some items are published to parish pages and are incomplete, such items will be updated as and when new information is transcribed.  These are mainly ongoing projects such as the national probate index, strays index, etc.

Please note that OPC's are unable to undertake family history research for our users, but we are always willing, where possible, to advise where the information being sought might be found.

If you find this site useful please tell others - if you have a problem with it then please tell us.  Users of the site are invited to leave comments/constructive criticism &c. in the box at the foot of each parish page or in our guest book.  You may also rate the page using the star option on each parish page.  Thank you.  

 

Please Consider Helping Us Improve This Website - Up Until Now We Have Asked For No Financial Donations - Just a Little Time or Some Photographs or Documents that you are willing to share with us.  Circumstances Now Mean We Need to Ask for the Occasional Financial Donation.  If You Wish to Help by Transcribing or Donating Books, Photographs and Transcripts then contact the Administrator.  If You Could Help with a Small Donation Then You May Do So Via Our Just Giving Appeal

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Bulford - On this day in 1940 Able Seaman BASIL GEORGE STURGESS gave his life for his country. RIP
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Tue Feb 20
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Chippenham - On this day in 1944 Civilian SHEILA LILIAN COX became a victim of enemy action. RIP.
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Durrington - On this day in 1940 Ordinance Worker PEARL ROSINA ROOT gave her life for her country. RIP
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Bratton & Wootton Rivers - On this day in 1915 Private OLIVER NORAH MASH MULLENS gave his life for his country. RIP
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Chippenham - On this day in 1945 Flight Lieutenant / Air Gunner JOHN RAY gave his life for his country. RIP.
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Durrington - On this day in 1919 Air Mechanic 3rd Class JAMES EDWARD MATTHEWS gave his life for his country. RIP
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Hindon - On this day in 1917 Private HENRY WILLIAM COOL gave his life for his country. RIP
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Baverstock & Fovant - On this day in 1917 Private CYRIL CLAUD MASHFORD gave his life for his country. RIP
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Baverstock - On this day in 1917 Private GEORGE PERCY WILLIAM ALBERTSON gave his life for his country. RIP
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Bremhill - On this day in 1919 Private ALBERT JAMES HARDING gave his life for his country. RIP.
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Chippenham - On this day in 1918 Corporal ALGERNON AUBREY BAKEWELL WARRILOW gave his life for his country. RIP
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Aldbourne - On this day in 1915 Private OWEN THOMAS gave his life for his country. RIP.
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Bradford-on-Avon - On this day in 1951 Pilot Officer ALAN HOLBROW gave his life for his country. RIP
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Sutton Mandeville - On this day in 1945 Private KENNETH WILLIAM FRANCIS TAYLOR gave his life for his country. RIP
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Biddestone - On this day in 1944 Lieutenant Commander ANTONY FRANCIS HALL gave his life for his country. RIP
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Bratton - On this day in 1921 Captain CHARLES ALEXANDER ROBERTSON GATLEY succumbed to wounds received during WWI. RIP
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Bremhill - On this day in 1919 Private GODFREY FREEGARD gave his life for his country. RIP.
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