Welcome from the Wiltshire Online Parish Clerks
OPCs research and transcribe historical data for parishes within the county of Wiltshire and provide free online access to that data along with other historical information that may be of value to family researchers and social historians. The data on our pages has been transcribed by our volunteers; all copyright material is reproduced with the permission of those volunteers and should not be used for any purpose other than personal research.
Data is gathered from a multitude of sources including, for example, parish registers, census records, churchwardens and overseers accounts, wills, business and trade directories, church and village histories, newspaper reports, war casualties, etc. Our website also contains hundreds of images and historical photographs, many of which have been donated by members of public. So, come on in and enjoy!
Adopt a Parish and become an OPC
You don't 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 some 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 in Wiltshire themselves; some just want to be part of a voluntary project to help family and social history researchers worldwide.
OPC's work at their own pace and in their own time to add information to their pages, but if you feel you don't have the time to adopt a parish, you can support the Wiltshire OPC project by
- donating information you may have tucked away at home - school or village photographs, sale or auction particulars for buildings or businesses, trade directories, booklets on village history - in fact, any historical information on a Wiltshire parish
- transcribing records - if you have a little spare time, we can email records to you to transcribe - every little helps
- taking photographs in Wiltshire - war memorials, buildings, village scenes, plaques, etc.
If you would like to help with any of the above, contact the OPC of the parish you can help with or, if the parish is vacant, contact the administrator.
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Most OPC's provide documents and information from their own research efforts; they are not infallible and their transcripts in many cases have not been validated or checked by anyone else. It is inevitable therefore that some items or information may be mis-transcribed. The information provided on this site should therefore be taken as a guide only and, as with all data on the internet, the original source should be consulted wherever possible. Should anyone come across errors or anything they feel may have been be mis-transcribed, please contact the OPC for the parish or the administrator.