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Welcome to the Wiltshire OPC Home Page

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URGENT NOTICE.

Please note we are in the process of moving this web site to a new host.  This is taking a little longer to complete than we expected.  This means that since the site was moved on Tuesday 1st April anyone who has registered since then are asked to re-register with the site once the new site is on-line.  When the new site is up and running your registration after this date may not be valid.  In the meantime feel free to browse the site.  We apologise for any inconvenience.   Also any OPC who may have added items or amended text on their pages since that date should check when the site is finally opened on the new server that their amendments have been saved.            Teresa Lewis Administrator

What is an OPC?

An OPC (on-line parish clerk) is a volunteer who researches and transcribes historical and genealogical information for parishes within the county of Wiltshire 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. 

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 and social history researchers worldwide. 

OPC's work at their own pace and in their own time to add information to their pages.  We always need and welcome new volunteers, 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 at home - school photographs, directories, village history booklets - 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
  • 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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1921 Census

If you are a resident of the UK, please think about signing the e-petition to try to persuade the Government to release the 1921 Census earlier than the scheduled date of January 2022.  For more information and to sign the petition go to Government e-petitions.  Every signature really does count.

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Unknown Image Gallery - can you identify a place or put a name to a face?
Research Support - can you help researchers with information?

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New Documents and Uploads

During March 2014 OPC's and transcribers uploaded 896 items to parish pages (including updated documents).  There are now over 10,000 items in total on our parish pages.  New documents added as we go through April will be published here.  New images are added to our galleries each month.

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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 otherwise 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. 

We don't guarantee to be perfect and cannot be responsible for errors or omissions in transcriptions or other data provided.  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.

 

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