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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.          

Surname Interests

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

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.  Also if you are looking for something specific such as the First World War it is possible to find a list of such items by using the search facility at the top of the page by keying in WWI. 

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.

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.

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 go to our diary page

 

Plaitford with Melchet Park - Parish of the Month

Plaitford St. Peter

St. Peter

"PLAITFORD, a parish in the hundred of Alderbury, county Wilts, 6 miles W. of Romsey, its post town, and 11 S.E. of Salisbury. The village, which is small and straggling, is situated near the northern frontier of the New Forest, on the road from Salisbury to Southampton. It is wholly agricultural. The land is partly in common and heath. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £170, and there are 4 acres of glebe. The living is a perpetual curacy annexed to the rectory of West Grimstead, in the diocese of Sarum. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. There is a National school. A little to the N.W. of the church is a square enclosure moated round, where a monastery is said to have stood."          

"MELCHET-PARK, an extra parochial place in the hundred of Alderbury, county Wilts, 9 miles S.E. of Salisbury.  It has a Hindu temple to the memory of Warren Hastings, erected by Daniell in 1800."          [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]

Plaitford has an entry on GenUKIVision of Britain and British History Online also feature this parish.   Both areas are included in the community history listings on the WSHC Website.  The combined parishes have their own website .  Details held by Wikipedia can be found here.  The combined parishes have many Listed Buildings included on the British Listed Buildings website.

Melchet Park has an entry on GenUKIVision of Britain and British History Online also feature this parish.   

The parish currently has no OPC.  Being a small parish it would be an ideal starting point for someone who would like to adopt a parish.   This is a list of items transcribed for the parish.     If anyone has any photographs, postcards or items of interest that they are willing to share then please contact the administrator from the contact us drop down lists.   

Site Statistics

During May 2016 OPC's and transcribers uploaded 118 items to parish pages (including updated documents).  New documents added as we go through June will be published here.  New images are added to our galleries on a regular basis.  At present it is estimated that we have in the region 5000 items awaiting upload, revamping or transcribing (however much more information is available elsewhere to be gathered in and processed).

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 18300 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; 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 63 OPC's and 6 Consultants who cover between them 135 parishes/pages of the 334 available.   We also have 19 transcribers registered (not all active at present) 

The site currently has over 500 registered returning users and the web site has been visited over 262750 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 - We Ask For No Financial Donations - Just a Little Time or Some Photographs or Documents that you are willing to share with us.

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