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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.  

 

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 enough money to help us cover the running costs for the foreseeable future.   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.  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.  Our Facebook group currently has over 700 members.

 

Photo Galleries

Our photo galleries can be found all over the website - mainly published on parish pages under the category headings.  We are currently displaying these galleries via Google Photos.  Tagging of each photograph means you can see what the image is etc.  Sadly there is still no sort in file order facility with Google Photos.  Admin is constantly requesting Google to add this sort option.  

 

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.  

We have a motto at the Wiltshire OPC :-

What May or May Not Be of Interest to You Will Be of Interest to Someone

 

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 July 2019 OPC's and transcribers uploaded 208 items to parish pages (including updated documents).  New and updated documents added as we go through August 2019 will be published here.  New images are added to our galleries on a regular basis.  We are always working on new items and information to add to the site and currently hold a large of amount of items to be loaded (however much more information is available elsewhere to be gathered in and processed).  We are currently working on a census transcribing programme as a priority, this is coming along pretty well considering we have a small team working on this.  We are also reviewing documents under copyright and GDP Regulations.  This may mean that some items will no longer be available to the website until they have been re-transcribed.

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 over 24430 items on parish pages.  Items are annotated with either Submitted or Revised.  Submitted items being the original items transcribed and Revised being those that have additional information added or have been reformatted.  The date of when any item was updated can be found at the foot of the published document; the original upload date is in the left hand column, the date when the item was uploaded with changes is in the right hand date column. 

We currently have 60 OPC's and 6 Consultants who cover between them cover about a third of the 335 available.   We also have 21 transcribers registered (not all active at present).  

The site currently has over 650 registered returning users (figures may be reduced after removal of expired accounts) and the web site has been visited over 459760 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.  

GDPR Notice.  For our user policy and information on how we use your personal data then please go to our Privacy Information Page

 

Funding

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.  Thank you to all who have made a donation since the launch of the appeal to each and everyone of you we are most grateful.  The money we raise is used solely for the maintenance and advancement of the site.  Thank you all for your support the team appreciate it very much.  

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Today We Remember Wiltshires' Heroic & Famous Sons and Daughters - Their Births, Deaths & Sacrifice

Sun Aug 25
Avebury, Castle Eaton & West Kennet - 1914 - Corporal WALTER BRINDLE
Sun Aug 25
Hankerton & Minety - 1916 - Private EDGAR LAW
Sun Aug 25
Kington Langley - 1916 - Private HENRY CHARLES BOWSHER
Sun Aug 25
Sherston Magna - 1888 - Private GEORGE STRONG, V.C. died having served in the Crimean War
Sun Aug 25
Winterbourne Stoke - 1916 - Private HENRY GEORGE MITCHELL
Mon Aug 26
*Salisbury - 1833 - HENRY FAWCETT, M.P., P.C., Academic, Statesman and Economist was born
Mon Aug 26
Atworth - 1944 - Pilot Officer ALBERT (or HERBERT) STUART WILTSHIRE
Mon Aug 26
Bradford-on-Avon - 1918 Private EDWIN CUMMINS
Mon Aug 26
Chippenham - 1942 - Flying Officer DUDLEY GERALD NEWMAN
Mon Aug 26
Durrington - 1918 - Private CECIL REGINALD RANGER
Mon Aug 26
Pewsey - 1918 - Private ALBERT JAMES AMOR
Tue Aug 27
Blackland & Calne - 1916 - Private HERBERT WILLIAM GREEN
Tue Aug 27
Bradford-on-Avon - 1917 - Private ALBERT DAGGER
Tue Aug 27
Bratton & West Lavington - 1915 Lance Corporal HENRY BLAGDEN
Tue Aug 27
Chippenham, Derry Hill (Pewsham) & Hardenhuish - 1943 - Stoker 1st Class MICHAEL JOHN CHIVERS
Tue Aug 27
Codford St. Mary - 1918 - Private HERBERT POOLMAN
Tue Aug 27
Durrington - 1916 - Private JAMES TOOMER
Tue Aug 27
Luckington - 1915 - Trooper WALTER JOSEPH NEWTH
Wed Aug 28
Aldbourne - 1918 - Private JOHN VEITCH
Wed Aug 28
Alton Barnes, Alton Priors & Calne (Quemerford) - 1918 - Driver JACOB FRANCIS RAWLINGS
Wed Aug 28
Ashton Keynes - 1915 - Trooper CHARLES CYRIL MILLING
Wed Aug 28
Broad Chalke - 1914 - Private GEORGE EDGAR COMPTON
Wed Aug 28
Chippenham - 1914 - Lance Corporal JAMES WEBB
Wed Aug 28
Chippenham - 1944 - Corporal HAROLD IVOR BOWSHER
Thu Aug 29
Chippenham - 1918 - Rifleman GEORGE JOSEPH SPOONER
Thu Aug 29
Chippenham - 1941 - Sergeant JAN KLOS
Thu Aug 29
Devizes - 1918 - Private HERBERT COX
Thu Aug 29
Staverton - 1917 - Private WILLIAM HENRY GAY
Fri Aug 30
Amesbury - 1944 - Sergeant KENNETH CHARLES BUTCHER
Fri Aug 30
Ashton Keynes - 1917 - Private CECIL ROBERT CANNON
Fri Aug 30
Chippenham - 1918 - Private FRANK GREGORY
Fri Aug 30
Chippenham - 1944 - Flying Officer EDWARD ERIC FLETCHER
Fri Aug 30
Codford (St. Mary) - 1918 - Private WILLIAM JAMES WESTERBY
Fri Aug 30
East Knoyle - 1918 - Private EDGAR WAREHAM
Fri Aug 30
Fyfield, Marlborough, Overton and Preshute - 1917 - Private ALGERNON ALFRED NICHOLAS BULL
Fri Aug 30
Sedgehill - 1940 - Commander TREVELYAN MICHAEL NAPIER
Sat Aug 31
Chippenham - 1940 - Flight Lieutenant PERCY STEVENSON WEAVER (DFC)
Sat Aug 31
Great Wishford & Salisbury - 1917 - Private BERTIE LEVER
Sat Aug 31
Swindon & Wilton - 1942 - Civilian/Home Guard ROBERT WILLIAM GIBBS
Sun Sep 01
Bradford-on-Avon - 1916 - Corporal WILLIAM JAMES WILSHERE
Sun Sep 01
Chippenham - 1918 - Private NOAH DAVIS
Sun Sep 01
Chippenham - 1941 - Leading Aircraftman/U/T Pilot VINCENT DOMINICUS JOSEPHUS JANSEN
Sun Sep 01
Durrington - 1943 - Private JAMES GREEN
Sun Sep 01
Holt - 1917 - Captain HAROLD FRANK BARCLAY TURNER
Sun Sep 01
Ramsbury - 1917 - Private THOMAS MILDENHALL
Sun Sep 01
Zeals - 1915 - Private HAROLD CHRISTOPHER READ
Mon Sep 02
!1945 - A formal surrender ceremony was performed in Tokyo Bay, Japan, aboard the battleship USS Missouri. This ending the war against Japan and her allies
Mon Sep 02
Sherston Magna - 1914 - Private ALGERNON DANIEL NEAL
Mon Sep 02
Stratton St. Margaret (Upper Stratton) - 1917 - Private WILLIAM HENRY RODBOURNE
Tue Sep 03
Blackland & Calstone Wellington - 1916 - Corporal CHARLES JOHN JAMES
Tue Sep 03
Bratton & Westbury - 1918 - Staff Sergeant GEORGE BRENT
Tue Sep 03
Chippenham - 1915 - Private EDGAR WALLACE COUSENS (COUZENS)
Tue Sep 03
Chippenham - 1916 - Private GEORGE HULBERT
Tue Sep 03
Chippenham - 1918 - Private HERBERT T. HOLLOWAY
Tue Sep 03
Hindon - 1916 - Private WILLIAM GEORGE HOLLOWAY
Tue Sep 03
Kington Langley - 1916 - Captain ERIC ROBIN DONNER
Tue Sep 03
Stratton St. Margaret - 1918 - Private HARRY BLOXHAM
Wed Sep 04
Aldbourne - 1918 - Captain JOHN ROLLO LOWIS
Wed Sep 04
Semington - 1916 - Gunner FREDERICK BENJAMIN FLOWER
Wed Sep 04
Stratton St. Margaret (Gorse Hill) - 1918 - Private JOHN ROBERT SELWOOD
Wed Sep 04
Swindon - 1917 - Private GEORGE HENRY GREEN TAYLOR
Thu Sep 05
Amesbury - 1940 - Flying Officer KENNETH MUNRO
Thu Sep 05
Amesbury - 1940 - Sergeant FRANCIS WILLIAM KENNETH WOOD
Thu Sep 05
Avebury - 1915 - Private FRANK HANCOCK
Thu Sep 05
Bulford - 1918 - Private CHARLES JAMES HEDGES
Thu Sep 05
Chippenham - 1915 - Private ROLAND JOHN ROSE
Thu Sep 05
Chippenham - 1940 - Brigadier DENNIS WALTER FURLONG DSO, OBE, MC.
Thu Sep 05
Chippenham - 1945 - Corporal MAURICE FREDERICK SIMPKINS
Thu Sep 05
North Bradley - 1940 - Staff Sergeant EDGAR WILLIAM ERNEST GIFFORD
Fri Sep 06
Aldbourne - 1945 - Flight Lieutenant GUY RICHARD BROWN (DFC)
Fri Sep 06
Atworth, Bradford-on-Avon & Melksham - 1917 - Private CHARLIE WEBB
Fri Sep 06
Chippenham - 1918 - Private CHARLES OPIE
Fri Sep 06
Coombe Bissett - 1914 - Private JOHN S. WAGG
Fri Sep 06
Devizes & Swindon - 1916 - Private WILLIAM HENRY BIGWOOD
Fri Sep 06
North Bradley - 1940 - Staff Sergeant EDGAR WILLIAM ERNEST GIFFORD
Fri Sep 06
Staverton - 1918 - Ordinary Seaman STANLEY WILLIAM GARDINER
Fri Sep 06
Swindon (St. Mark) - 1870 - Assistant Engineer, R.N. GEORGE F. GARDNER
Fri Sep 06
Wilton - 1870 - Midshipman W. REGINALD HERBERT
Sat Sep 07
Avebury - 1944 - Private WILLIAM MITCHELL HAIG
Sat Sep 07
Bremhill, Chippenham & Langley Burrell - 1918 - Shoeing Smith FREDERICK GEORGE EDGAR BULL
Sat Sep 07
Ramsbury (Axford) - 1917 - Private WILLIAM PICKETT
Sun Sep 08
!1966 - Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the Severn Bridge linking the West Country and South Wales.
Sun Sep 08
Alton Priors - 1886 - Private WILLIAM HENRY (HENRY) STRETCH
Sun Sep 08
Amesbury - 1918 - Private SIDNEY PERCY NETTON
Sun Sep 08
Chilmark - 1914 - Private FREDERICK GEORGE MACEY
Sun Sep 08
Cholderton, Newton Tony & Winterbourne Gunner - 1916 - Private ROBERT MARK BUNDY
Mon Sep 09
*Aldbourne & Bishops Cannings - 1885 - IDA GANDY, writer, was born in Bishops Cannings. She lived for many years in Aldbourne.
Mon Sep 09
*Calne - 1858 - WALTER GOODALL GEORGE, Athlete and World Mile Record Holder was born.
Mon Sep 09
Broad Chalke & Downton - 1916 - Corporal ELGAR RALPH READ
Mon Sep 09
Chippenham - 1918 - Rifleman GEORGE DIXON
Mon Sep 09
Chippenham - 1918 - Second Lieutenant EDWIN JOHN (JACK) BRINKWORTH
Tue Sep 10
!1990 - Ellis Island New York re-opened as an Emigration Museum
Tue Sep 10
Amesbury - 1941 - Sergeant ROBERT BERNARD JAMES
Tue Sep 10
Amesbury - 1943 - Flight Engineer JOSEPH WILLIAM BAMBER
Tue Sep 10
Bradford-on-Avon - 1918 - Second Lieutenant PERCY WILLIAM BOWLES (MC, MM)
Tue Sep 10
East Knoyle - 1944 - Trooper ERNEST HENRY FRANCIS
Tue Sep 10
Ham - 1943 - Major ERNEST J. HUDSON
Tue Sep 10
Tollard Royal - 1916 - Private THOMAS W. BENNETT
Wed Sep 11
Alderbury - 1943 - Lieutenant RODERICK CAMPBELL MCLEOD
Wed Sep 11
Codford (St. Peter) & Warminster - 1943 - Signalman PERCIVAL FRANK CONDUIT
Thu Sep 12
Amesbury - 1994 - Private CHRISTOPHER TURNER
Thu Sep 12
Avebury - 1920 - Stoker 1st Class WILLIAM ISAAC GALE
Thu Sep 12
Bremhill - 1916 - Private GEORGE CHARLES CHUBB
Thu Sep 12
Bulford - 1917 - Battery Sergeant Major THOMAS W. MATTHEWS
Thu Sep 12
Charlton (Malmesbury) - 1916 - Private FRANK BAKER
Thu Sep 12
Chippenham - 1942 - Colour Sergeant EDWARD CHARLES SCAMMELL
Thu Sep 12
Codford (St. Mary) - 1918 - Private ZELL ERIC IVON PILKINGTON
Thu Sep 12
Holt - 1918 - Gunner CLEMENT VICTOR EDWARDS
Thu Sep 12
Swindon - 1943 - Pilot Officer/Navigator JAMES ROY WALDRON
Fri Sep 13
Alderbury (Whaddon) - 1942 - Lieutenant WILLIAM FOSTER, GC, MC, DCM
Fri Sep 13
Blackland - 1914 - Captain HARRY STANLEY TOPPIN
Fri Sep 13
Pewsey - 1915 - Private JOHN DAVIS
Fri Sep 13
Warminster - 1918 - Stoker 1st Class STANLEY CURTIS
Fri Sep 13
Worton - 1944 - Stoker 1st Class RAYMOND GLEN WHITTON HENLEY
Sat Sep 14
Alderton & Malmesbury (Corston) - 1914 - Private JACK (JOHN) STYLES
Sat Sep 14
East Knoyle - 1914 - Lieutenant PERCY LYULPH WYNDHAM
Sat Sep 14
Stratton St. Margaret (Upper Stratton) - 1941 - Private WILLIAM CLIFFORD OSTLER
Sun Sep 15
!1940 - Probably the most significant air fight during the Battle was fought over the South of Britain and the English Channel giving rise to Sir Winston Churchill's infamous words " SO MUCH OWED BY SO MANY TO SO FEW "
Sun Sep 15
*Box, Chippenham & Swindon - 1859 - ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL, Civil Engineer & Pioneer of the Great Western Railway, died in London. He was prolific in developing the railway all over the county.
Sun Sep 15
Alderbury - 1916 - Private ARTHUR CECIL BUNDY
Sun Sep 15
Alderton & Littleton Drew - 1916 - Lance Corporal JACK (JOHN) MONK
Sun Sep 15
Amesbury - 1940 - Sergeant THOMAS REGINALD TWEED
Sun Sep 15
Barford St. Martin (Groveley Wood), Great Wishford & Wilton - 1915 - Private WILLIAM SCOTT SAMWAYS
Sun Sep 15
Bradford-on-Avon & Monkton Farleigh - 1916 - Corporal EDWARD FRANK BUTCHER
Sun Sep 15
Codford (St. Mary) - 1918 - Private JOHN GEORGE SAVILLE
Sun Sep 15
Coombe Bissett - 1916 - Captain HENRY ARTHUR DAVIES
Sun Sep 15
Donhead St. Andrew & East Knoyle - 1916 - Private WALTER GEOFFREY HILL
Sun Sep 15
Ramsbury - 1914 - Private HENRY MILDENHALL

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