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The OPC Project was conceived and set up in Cornwall;  Devon and Dorset followed next, and there are now about a dozen more counties taking part.  The concept 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 some historical and social information.  All parishes have been registered as one-place studies.    We now have a diary page which will be updated weekly on Sundays.  You can also follow us on Twitter and on Facebook

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 may be of value to family history researchers and social historians.  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.    The motto for the Wiltshire OPC Project is "What may or may not be of interest to one person is probably of use to another".  

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 one or two 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. 

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 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) 

 

Chilton Foliat - Parish of the Week    

Chilton Foliat St. Marys

"CHILTON FOLIATT, a parish partly in the hundred of Kinwardstone, in the county of Wilts, and partly in the hundred of Kintbury Eagle, in the county of Berks, 2½ miles from Hungerford, its post and railway town. It is pleasantly situated on the river Kennet, and includes the tything of Leverton. Formerly-this place belonged to the Foliot family, and came through the Warines to Sutton, who presented it to the Charter House. The greater part of the parish is in Wilts, and in 1861 contained only 611 inhabitants. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Salisbury, value £994, in the patronage of F.L. Popham, Esq. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is a neat edifice, and contains monuments to the Popham family, and effigies of one of the Foliot family. The Wesleyans have a place of worship, and there is a National school for boys. The charities amount to £3 per annum. Chilton Lodge, designed by Pilkington, was anciently the seat of Secretary Whitelock."               "LEVERTON, a tything in the parish of Chilton-Foliatt, hundred of Kintbury-Eagle, county Berks, 1 mile N. of Hungerford. It is situated on the river Kennet."               [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]

Chilton Foliat has an entry on Wikipedia and on GenUKI.      Berkshire Family History Society also has information held for the parish.     There is also a village web site

At present the parish has items of interest published for the Parish Church, Buildings (Maps), Directories, Emigration, Employment, People, War & Military.  None of the vital records and census have been transcribed for this parish.  This is a list of items transcribed for the parish

The parish has an OPC in place namely Brian Watts.  If anyone has any photographs, postcards or items of interest that they are willing to share then please contact either Bran or Teresa from the contact us drop down lists

 

Site Statistics

During March 2015 OPC's and transcribers uploaded 574 items to parish pages (including updated documents).  New documents added as we go through April will be published here.  New images are added to our galleries on a regular basis.  

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.  Items highlighted in green have been updated; 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. 

The site currently has just over 1700 users and the web site has been visited over 190000 times.  There are 59 OPCs, including the Admin team and webmaster.  Between them they cover 118 of 329 available parishes/villages.

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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 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.

Researchers can leave compliments/comments/constructive criticism in the box at the foot of each parish page or in our guest book (currently undergoing reconstruction but back online asap).  Thank you

 

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