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Saturday, 03 August 2013 11:52

What the Media Say - Updated 25 November 2016

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Thanks to one of our OPCs the idea occurred to have a page where we can link news items of a genealogical nature to our site.

If anyone has a link to a news report that could be of interest let the administrator know and it will be added

25th November 2016

Photos of 19th & early 20th Century Britain - Mail Online

9th September 2016

1665 Plague Cause Discovered - BBC News

23rd February 2016

Top Genealogists in Court Battle - The Telegraph

14 November 2015

Free Genealogy Groups and Rudeness Encountered - Bloggers Web Site

Google Searching Genealogy Tips - Family History Daily 

17 July 2015

Domesday Book Chapel Found in Wiltshire Garden - Mail-on-line

19th June 2015

How many living cousins do you have - Find out here. - Mirror on-line

11th March 2015

Jack London's View of London's East End 1902 - Daily Mail On-line

13th February 2015

Bedlam Burial Site Unearthed and Researched - Now Here This, Timeout

8th February 2015

Copy of the Magna Carter found in Kent Council Archives - Guardian

7th September 2014

Jack The Ripper Revealed by DNA - Mail Online

24th July 2014

Swindon - Four Generations Complete - Mail Online

2nd May 2014

Amesbury - Officially Britain's Oldest Town - Mail Online

29th April 2014

Release of Criminal Records of Young Felons - Mail Online

25th March 2014

Dustman Saving Discarded War Memorabilia - Mail Online

26th February 2014

Article on Social Mobility and Employment - Independent

29th August 2013

Handwritten WWI Soldiers Wills - Telegraph

7th August 2013

WWI Tourism - Looking for your family hero - BBC 

3rd August 2013

Article about infertility in men after WWI - Daily Mail

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 09:22

Genealogical Tips - Updated 25th April 2015

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Genealogical Tips

Here you can find tips that our users have found useful during their own research 

Please feel free to submit anything you would like to share to either the Administrator or to Jodi Fuller both of whom can be contacted via the Contact Us Menu on the Home Page

 

1.  When visiting archives and libraries always make sure you have a pencil (not a pen) and a note book.  You don't want to get pen marks over valuable documents and of course you always need to be prepared to note down what you find.

2.  Type up and store your notes immediately - you don't want precious time and valuable information lost.

3.  When visiting older relatives, turn on your voice recorder on your mobile phone. That way you wont miss any reminiscence if you dont have pen and paper handy.

4.  Don't believe everything you see on the internet. There is a lot of incorrect information out there with far too many incorrect family tree's.

5.  Always ensure accuracy of your research by obtaining documents, newspapers, copies of periodicals, etc.

6.  If you see a member of the clergy with the name of a town in place of a surname, this could well be a Bishop. An example is a marriage performed in Salisbury by George Sarum. This is actually George Moberly, Bishop of Salisbury.

7.  Wikipedia is a quick and easy resource to find names of higher ranking clergy. If you type into the search function "Bishop of (town)", it will bring up a list of all Bishop's and dates of office for that town.

8.  If you are looking at Census, check the page before and after as well. You may find other family members at the same address or a few houses down.

9.  When sharing your family tree in a gedcom file or other format - remember to make private any information of those tree members still alive - you can normally select an option within the programme you are using to store your information to achieve this.

10. Many Surnames are derived from the trade carried out or from the place they originated. Your ancestor's surname could be Cooper because he was a cooper by trade.  Some regions have different naming customs. The Welsh take their father's first name as a surname. An example would be David, son of Llewellyn. He becomes David ap Llewellyn; or Esther, daughter of Llewellyn. She becomes Esther verch Llewellyn. The term ap for son can also be spelt ab, and verch for daughter can also be spelt ferch. Anyone with a middle eastern link will know that it often also changes for the father, eg he could grow up being the son of ....,  then when his first son is born, he becomes the father of ..... . (Thanks to Ruth Wood, Ruth Appleby and Teresa Lewis)

11. If you have a relative that served in the armed forces, try and obtain a copy of their service record. Not only does it include names of parents or next of kin, date of birth and addresses, service records also include physical descriptions and sometimes photo's of the recruit.  In most cases a will has to be prepared too and may be found with service records.

12. Cemetery Trek - (a) Take a poster size piece of white card or paper. You can use it to reflect light onto a darkend headstone. (b) Take a spray bottle of water. By spraying water onto the headstone, the inscription stands out more. (c) It helps to have a plastic bag to clean away weeds and other rubbish.  Also have garden shears or secateurs on standby in the car. You may need to cut away a small plant or branch from the headstone.  However it may be worth reading this article about Churchyard Conservation before hacking your way through overgrown areas.  Also if photographing headstones where an inscription is faded take one image of the whole of the headstone, another close up of the inscription and finally another with the inscription sprayed with water which may enhance the detail.  DON'T SPRAY IT FIRST this spoils the image for posting in galleries or scrapbooks.

13. Maiden Names - are often quite hard to find. The following are good resources to start with:- Marriage records; Cemetery and Burial registers; Census returns; Land records; Church registers and churchwardens accounts; Probate records and Wills; Newspaper articles such as Family Notices; Death registrations; Military service papers; and by looking at the naming patterns of children.  It is not uncommon for a maiden name to be used as a middle given name for children.  

14. When typing up items for the two world wars use WWI and WWII using the Roman Numeral System.  WW1 and WW2 are also acceptable however it looks more professional to use the Roman Numerals.  A big no no is using WW11 for WW2 - thank heavens we haven't been faced with a world war three yet let alone a world war eleven.

15.  Always sign guest books - leave a name, interest, reason for visit and an e-mail address - someone may see it and get in contact with the same interests.

16.  If planning a visit to a building - ascertain the name of a key holder or opening and closing times - most churches will now be locked outside of church service times.  If visiting a churchyard it may be useful to contact the church warden - some are often founts of knowledge and only too willing to wander around with you and impart what they know.  A vicar although busy often takes a real interest in his church history and its churchyard if you are lucky enough to be able to meet with the vicar by pre-arrangement all well and good.

 17.  If visiting a churchyard for family headstones and you find that of the relative you are looking for - its always worth checking the nearby headstones often other family members are buried nearby almost as if in family plots.  

 

 FAMILY HISTORY ESSENTIALS KIT.

1.  A good supply of note paper - you don't want to find loads of information and have nothing to record it on 

2.  A supply of pens and pencils - pencils are essential for the archives and libraries 

3.  A plain white piece of stiff card - to reflect light onto difficult to read items such as headstones etc.

4.  A pair of sturdy boots or wellingtons - for trekking through muddy and wet areas to access places such as churchyards and farm buildings 

5.  A camera with a supply of batteries and if needed an extra memory card - for taking photographs of buildings and people and for use at record offices where permitted (normally a fee is payable)

6.  A pair of secateurs - for cutting back ivy and small areas of vegetation from headstones and road markers etc.  Please be aware that lichens and other plant life in churchyards etc are often left for conservation purposes and small animal habitats - please use common sense and read any notices at churchyard gates or church porches if you need to move a branch to read a headstone try to do so gently without damaging it.  On no occasion should bats be disturbed when carrying out any kind of research so at times churches are closed to the public.  

7.  A set of garden shears or branch loppers - For the larger obstacles (permission may be needed to cut back tree branches etc.)

8.  A spray bottle - For spraying water onto headstones to highlight the inscription making it easier to photograph or record

7.  A packed lunch and drink - People tend to forget to eat and drink once they get started 

8.  A good map of the area you intend to visit - saves valuable time 

9.  A soft tooth brush, small nail brush and a soft dustpan brush - to gently clear away debris from a headstone such as moss and bird droppings etc.  (some churchyards frown upon moss and ivy being removed entirely)

10.  A supply of business cards with your name and an e-mail address and the reason for your interest in a subject.  If laminated, cards can be left in a flower pot or other place - who knows someone else may visit with the same interests.

11.  A carrier bag to bin any debris or rubbish found whilst on a family history day out.

12.  An address book or diary - make sure you have opening and closing times available and if a church the name of a key holder 

13.  A mobile phone for emergencies (fully charged). It might also be an idea to leave an itinerary at home or with a friend or neighbour in case of emergencies that way at least someone knows where you were heading.  If diverted from the intended plan - text someone to let them know especially if you are venturing out alone.  Also remember to carry any medication you may need and enough to cover any unforeseeable delays

14.  Be aware that in the warmer weather SNAKES may be active in undergrowth or even sunning themselves on gravestones in churchyards.  Just be aware of the dangers for example in the UK some are common grass snakes and are harmless - others may be venomous such as the adder.  Other countries have their own venomous snakes so all be on guard and refer to local wildlife information

grass snakeadder

                                          Grass Snake                                                                                                Adder

 

 

SIGNATURES, MARKS and LITERACY

Have you ever taken a closer look at official documents such as marriage certificates and wills and found that your ancestor has signed them with a cross (X).  Do you always assume that the person signing with a cross was illiterate?  

Well if you do, then perhaps you may wish to rethink.  It can be assumed (but maybe not in all cases) that marks (X) made by ag labs and servants are probably because the person is indeed illiterate.  However when you look at other occupations or status such as Gentleman, Annuitant or those with an occupation of some social standing and they have signed with a mark (X) then it would be wise to seek out if this person attended a school or college.  

It was quite common during the 16th to 19th centuries that official documents were often signed with a mark (X) whether literate or illiterate.  This was often to show social standing rather than illiteracy - so the laws of Genealogy stand good - ALWAYS CHECK AND CROSS REFERENCE - it may prove quite enlightening.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 05 February 2013 05:11

Newsletters - Updated 11th November 2017

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Newsletters

The newsletter contains news about the web site - a little about the OPC's - Tips on family history research - articles of interest written by OPC's and the web master

The newsletters that we have produced over the last few years can now be viewed here

 

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if anyone has anything to contribute to this newsletter please contact Christine Brooks with your submissions.  She may be contacted via the Contact Us Tab at the top of the page and by selecting her name from the drop down list under Administrators

 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Newsletters 

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Unwanted Certificates & Documents

Have you ever ordered a Birth, Marriage or Death Certificate or any other document that turned out to be the wrong one? Or perhaps you have found old documents at boot sales, online auctions or charity shops etc.? Someone somewhere will be really grateful if you pass it on. To display your unwanted certificates/documents here (they do not need to be from Wiltshire), or to contact an owner either contact them direct via the link on their profile or contact our Administrator, Teresa Lewis.

Please make sure that you advise the administrator if these items are no longer available.  Thank you 

Please note that any item should not be offered for sale for more than the original cost of the item.  Postage and Packaging should be kept at a reasonable cost.  

 

Books

Wiltshire - Within Living Memory 

Produced by the Wiltshire Federation of Women's Institutes - Please Contact the Administrator (Teresa Lewis) for further details and postage costs

 

Certificates

Hewston

Mary Ann - Death Certificate - 1899 - Upper Holloway, London

Mary Ann died 28th November 1899 in Great Northern Central Hospital aged 55 years.  She was the widow of Alfred Hewston of Canonbury Road, Islington, London.  She is listed as Hewstone in 1891 census.   For further information please contact Registered User - pewsey2000 (Wendy Lawrence)

Morris

James Morris - Death Certificate - Aged 17 son of James Morris a carpenter died of rheumatic fever on 30th July 1844 at Berwick St James. His mother Elizabeth Morris, who was present, registered the death on 31st.   For further information please contact Registered User - pewsey2000 (Wendy Lawrence)

Taylor

Ellen - Birth Certificate - 1890 - Bolton, Lancashire
Ellen - Death Certificate 1891 - Bolton Lancashire

Ellen was born on 26th March 1890 at Clifford Street, Little Bolton. She died on the 25th April 1891 aged 12 months and is buried in Heaton Cemetery. She was the daughter of Elizabeth Taylor and the father not named. Grandparents appear to be Ralph and Ellen Taylor. - For further information please contact Registered User - pewsey2000 (Wendy Lawrence)

 

Legal Documents

Ridout/Rigler

I have a conveyance of a piece of freehold land forming part of the Heron Court Estate in the parish of Holdenhurst in the County of Southampton. dated 15th March 1916.  Mr. Herbert Rigler - selling to Mr. William H. Ridout.   For further information contact Jean Barnwell

 

Postcards

The OPC Project has a holding of several hundred postcards - some of which have details possibly of valuable to a family history researcher.  We would be delighted to re-unite some of these cards to their families.  To view the list of cards with information available please follow the link.  If you think an item fit is with your research please contact Teresa Lewis, Administrator for further information.  Please note that some of the cards are the property of individual OPC's and may not be available for re-uniting.

Thursday, 09 February 2012 10:11

Useful Books For The Family or Local Historian

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  1. Reading Tudor and Stuart Handwriting - by Lionel Munby, Steve Hobbs and Alan Crosby - Published by the British Assocation for Local History - ISBN 1 86077 237 - This book is a must if you have difficulty in reading or understanding the script in wills, inventories etc, the book will explain, with the aid of clear examples, how to transcribe these documents.

 

Useful Links

If you would like a link added to the list, please contact Teresa Lewis (Administrator) or if you are confident enough please feel free to add to the list yourself

A2A Access to Archives - UK Archives Database       

Archaic Medical Terms          

Army Lists British Army

Auckland War Memorial Museum, NZ - see also "Online Cenotaph"

Births, Death and Marriages in Wiltshire - a searchable database          

BMD Certificates UK Order Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates

BMD Registers UK Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial (Free to search / Pay to view)

BMD UK Birth, Marriages, Deaths and Censuses (Information & Links)

Bona Vacantia List - Wills of people who have died intestate in England & Wales over the past 30 years. Recent Wiltshire wills are displayed on the County Wide Page

Britain from Above - Photographic History Site (free to use)   Wiltshire specific

British History Online

British Legion Database - A place to find or record anyone who has been lost in battle

British Library 19th Century Newspapers (free to search with library card no. login)

The British Library

British Newspapers (fee payable or with full subscription to Find My Past)

British Settlers in Natal:1824-1857 by Shelagh O'Byrne Spencer

British War Graves Photographs - Free images of war graves of British Servicemen home and abroad

Broadsides National Library of Scotland

Caring For God's Acre - Churchyard Conservation 

Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - Various Genealogical Records available

Churches Conservation Trust - the organisation who protect vulnerable historical churches

Civil War - Soldiers & Sailors

Clergy of the Church of England (CCed) database

Collett Surname Web Site - One name study

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Casualties from WWI & WWII

Convicts to Tasmania

Convicts to New South Wales

Curious Fox - UK & Ireland Genealogy Message Boards

Cyndi's List - Wiltshire

Date an Old Photograph - by Roger Vaughan

The Diaries of Charlotte Grove

Dictionary of Old Occupations - by Jane Hewitt

Documents Online - UK Archives - includes Military records & Wills

Domesday Book

Dorset Parish Registers - Transcripts of Dorset Registers

Enclosure Maps - Catalogue of coverage of England and Wales

Epidemics & Diseases - Timeline of Epidemics in the United Kingdom

Family Deeds - Transcripts of Wills & Deeds (free to view)

Family History South Australia - includes Ships & Passenger Lists

FamilySearch - Morn Church of the Latter Day Saints Website

FamilySearch - a Guide to the British batches - An unoffical analysis of the former IGI batches for the British Isles

Find A Grave - Worldwide Database of Memorial Stones 

Find Our Family - Great ideas to encourage younger family members to take an interest in their roots.

Forces Records - Military Records such as POW's etc

Framlingham Historical Archive - Postcards and images of this Suffolk town

Free BMD UK - Births, Marriages and Deaths

Free CEN UK - Census Return

Free REG UK 

Genealogy Specialists - Free to use Forum for beginner and more established researcher

Gloucestershire BMD Indexes

Great Western Railway - Casualties of WWI

Guild of One Name Studies - Index

Henley/Henly families and related surnames by Clive Henly

Hidden Lives - Victorian & early 20th Century Care Homes established by the Waifs & Strays Society (now the Children's Society) including a few homes at Box and Wingfield, Trowbridge

Historic Australian Newspapers 1803 - 1954

Historic "New York Times" Newspaper Archives

Historic New Zealand Newspapers 1839 - 1945

Historical Directories - University of Leicester - Searchable Digital Library

Hugh Wallis IGI Batch Numbers - FamilySearch (see also FamilySearch - a Guide to the British batches)

Jeremy Haslam - Publications

Jim Fisher's Wiltshire Genealogy pages - Items may be used for publication on the parish pages

Library and Archives Canada

Library of Early Journals - includes the "Gentleman's Magazine"

LLT - The Long, Long Trail - Wiltshire Regiment (British Army 1914-1918 for family historians)

London Gazette - Searchable News Article Database

London Lives - 1690 to 1800

Long Long Trail - Useful Information to help interpret WWI records

Lost Cousins - Find relatives through common ancestors

Martin and Claire Nicholson's - Cemetery Project

Medieval English Genealogy - regularly updated with interesting articles and research support covering the medieval period.

Merchant Navy Crew Lists (1915) - Searchable database for Merchant Seaman serving aboard vessels in 1915

National Archives Australia

National Archives Ireland

National Archives New Zealand

National Archives Scotland

National Archives UK

National Archives USA

National Library of Australia

National Monuments Record at English Heritage includes images of many Wiltshire locations

National Portrait Gallery

Navy List - Napoleonic Wars by Patrick Marione

Navy List - Naval Biographical Database of the Royal Navy

NZ Passenger Lists - Arrivals

Old Bailey Online - Criminal Trials

Old English Given Names - Includes information on variants between approx 1450-1650

Old Maps - includes Wiltshire parishes

Online Cenotaph, NZ -  for for the personal and official memory of people who served for New Zealand

Ordnance Survey Maps - Maps of England & Wales from the National Library of Scotland

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (use library card no. to login)

Parish Registers and other records

A Peculiar or Independent Church - St. Lawrence Chapel Warminster

Pigot's Trade Directory 1830 Wiltshire

Place Names in Wiltshire - Wikipedia Link

The Ships List - Ships & Passenger Lists

R. M. S. Titanic - Passenger List and more

Rootschat - Family History Forum

Save A Grave - All you need to know about the preservation of headstones

Society of Genealogists - Access to some free records

Tasmanian Records Online - Access to Tasmanian Genealogical Records

The War Graves Photographic Project - In association with the CWGC

Wills Transcriptions Webiste - OPC Ros Dunning has launched this site for transcripts of pre 1856 wills from all over the country and is a work in progress

Wiltshire Buildings Records - Trace the history of a building

Wiltshire County Record Office - now known as Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre (WSHC)

Wiltshire Family History Society

Wiltshire Pages at GENUKI

Wiltshire Record Society - Publishers of Many Historical Records 

Wiltshire Soldiers - Site based on the books of Richard Broadhead

Wiltshire Tax List of 1332 - published by the Wiltshire Record Society

Wiltshire Wills - Probate records (1540-1858) held at WSHC

The Workhouse - by Peter Higginbotham

WWI Cemeteries  - (includes WWII index)

WWI - Shot at Dawn - Execution List by Mackenzie J Gregory

1st Battalion Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire)

Saturday, 28 January 2012 23:32

Brickwall Dilemmas - Updated 1st November 2017

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Research Support 

This page is set up for our users to advertise their brickwalls in their research.  It is not meant for a lengthy research request but to ask for help for a specific point at which the user of the site is stuck.

Although many parishes do not yet have an OPC, we still receive requests for help from researchers relating to those parishes.

The OPC team are not able to provide a research service as such but it is possible that users of this site may be able to help.

Where there is an OPC for the parish concerned, he or she should be the first contact for your enquiry.

If the OPC is unable to help, or if there is no OPC in place, your enquiry can be displayed on this page by contacting Teresa Lewis via the Contact us Tab on the home page.

Please note we are unable to display requests to find living relatives - the Salvation Army provides a service to assist in such cases.

If you are able to help with any of the enquiries below, please contact either the submitter direct via the contact us tab and selecting Research Requests from the drop down menu or contact Teresa Lewis (Administrator) who will put you in touch with the researcher.  You may also click on the submitter's name at the end of the request which will take you to their profile page 

 

ADLAM - Dilton/Dilton Marsh

I am trying to trace my ancestors.  What I know as fact is that Josph Adlam married Mary Glover at St. Michael's, Bath 7 November 1832.  They are appear on the 1841 census wiith 4 children:- James from whom I am descended, Hannah, Joseph and Charles (who died not long after the census).  The Census also shows that Joseph and Mary were not born in Somerset.  Mary died in 1844 and Joseph remarried to Sarah Earl in Bath Baptist Chapel.  The marriage entry record Joseph's father as James Adlam, a glover by trade.  My problem is that the only Joseph I can find is born December 1810 twin of Mary and son of James and Betty who had several children.  Some of the Dilton Marsh Baptisms records Betty as Elizabeth and James is listed as being a breeches maker.  I think Betty was born Betty Parsons.  Some of this information has been found via FMP records.  If anyone can help me further that would be fantastic.  One more thing - Joseph took the family to South Africa in 1850 sailing aboard the ship 'Emily'.  The family are now scattered all over the globe.  EDWIN EUSTACE

 

ANDREWS - Upavon

I am researching my mother's family ANDREWS.  Her grandfather was born in Upavon.  Does anyone have access to the parish registers for St. Mary's Upavon?.  Or could someone visiting the WSHC do a look up.  Thank you.  JOANNA MONIGATTI (JoMoni)

 

BLACKMAN - Charlton (Pewsey)

Am looking to confirm a birth/baptism for William Blackman c1813.  His mother's name was Elizabeth.  If anyone can help or could look up the original registers at Chippenham please contact the Administrator.  LAURENCE GRIFFIN (eagion)

 

BUTCHER - North Bradley

I am a descendant of the Butcher family on my paternal grandmother's side.  She was a Butcher by name who married a Hawken (who was a butcher by trade).  I have traced the family back to William Butcher who married Mary White 04 Nov 1852 in Trowbridge. William's father appears to be Samuel Butcher who married Hannah.  William was born abt 1801 North Bradley and Hannah was born abt 1804 Southwick.  Butcher is sometimes spelt Boucher.  Samuel and Hannah appear on the 1841 census (aged 40 and 35 resp) and on the 1861 census (aged 60 and 57 resp).  This is as far as I can go.  Please can you help?  I would be very grateful for any help you can give me.  BARRY HAWKEN

 

CONEY - Fisherton Anger

I am trying to find details for Robert Coney who married Hester Arnold 01 Jan 1802 Fisherton Anger. My ref is Family Search IGI Batch No M152081.  I am trying to find if Robert Coney came from Cranborne Dorset.  I cannot find a death for Hester Coney anywhere either.  I believe she may have died 1812 (from a reference in the Salisbury Journal online).  Did Robert Coney remarry Louisa Jane Dalley 21 Sep 1824 at Salisbury St Martin?  Any CONEY references for this time would be appreciated.  ROBERT CONEY

 

COX/COXE - Steeple Ashton

I am researching my family's emigrant ancestor, William Cox or Coxe born about 1598.  William travelled to Virginia in 1610 on the Godspeed as part of The Second Virginia Company of London.  I have seen conflicting reports of him being born in Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire and of him being born in Hertfordshire. I would appreciate any assistance you might be able to provide with a baptism date and parents names.  DAVID COX

 

FOREMAN - Westbury

I can find no trace at all of Charles Foreman born Westbury 1834.  He is in the 1851 Census with his mother (Mary maiden name Kellow) & step father Isaac Brown.  His father John died in 1834.  I am wondering if he died between 1851 & 1861.  I think All Saints was their family Church.  ANN VERRALL (marthaday)

 

FOWLER - Marlborough/Ramsbury

Can anyone help from the information supplied here:- William Fowler died 1668?  He was firstly married to a Foster and secondly to ---- Israelie & they had 6 children.  Am also looking for information on John Fowler who married Mary Day in Ramsbury in 17/2/1749 -- Does anyone know who his parents were?   DON FOWLER

 

GILES - Marlborough

We are trying to trace the marriage of an Edmund Giles born about 1791, who married an Elizabeth. We know he lived and worked in Marlborough before coming to London. He had Brothers James and Thomas and sisters Elvina and Anne. Edmund is the father of a little girl who was orphaned and put in the workhouse at the age of 4 at Fulham in London. She finally had an assisted passage to Australia where her descendants now all live.  If anyone has any relative information we would love to hear from you.  SUE HOLLINS

 

GODWIN - BREMILHAM

I am looking for baptisms for the following children in Bremhilham - Parents are John Godwin and wife Edith.  John, Sarah, Elizabeth and Mary.  All born/bapt between 1750-1761.   If anyone can help please get in touch.   BEV EDMONDS (bedmonds)

 

GRIFFITHS/TANNER - Westbury/Dowlais (Glamorganshire)

Am looking to confirm the births of Edwin Samuel Tanner born 1849 who married Martha Griffiths born 1850.  They both believed they were born in Westbury until they were adults.  My third cousin believes they were both born in Dowlais in Glamorgan as Martha is her GGGDads big sister.  If anyone can help please get in touch   SIOBHAN O'DONNELL (Shevvy)

HATTON, LEWIS, STUMP and TILLING - Garsdon

Gordon Lewis author of Limb and Blood - The Story of a Wiltshire Family,  has a request for assistance in identifying people in a photograph of a coronation celebration believed to be that of George V in 1911.   Coronation Photograph 1911   Contact Teresa Lewis

 

HENLY - Bremhill and Somerset

Can anyone help identify and confirm the people in these three images.  It is known that the lady pictured alone is Florence Jane Henly born in Frome, Somerset in 1877 and married Fred Pickford in 1903 (The photograph we believe was taken on her wedding day).  The couple sat at the table are believed to be John Henly born in Bremhill 1841 and Jane Hawkins his wife who was born in Warminster in 1846 (they moved to Frome, Somerset where they raised their family).  The last image of the lady in the doorway of a cottage is believed to be another daughter of John Henly.  If anyone recognises anyone in these images please get in touch.  TERESA LEWIS

HENLY or HENLEY - Wiltshire

Can anyone identify the couple in this linked photograph - date between 1867 and 1880? It has been suggested they are Squire Henley and his wife of Priory, Wiltshire although as yet this has not been proved.  The photograph is carte-de-visite, copied from an oil painting.  The producers are Wm. Hanks, Artist in Photography High Street, Malmesbury. (A note on the reverse states that duplicates may be obtained for 1/- each, the negative being carefully preserved).  From Kelly's Directory of Wiltshire:
1855 & 65       Wm Hanks, High St, Malmesbury - saddler and harness maker
1867               Wm Hanks, High St, Malmesbury - artist and photographer
1875 & 80       Wm Hanks, High St, Malmesbury - stationer/bookseller/artist/photographer
1885, 89 & 98  Wm Hanks, High St, Malmesbury - stationer                                                       TERESA LEWIS      

 

KILMISTER

I am researching the family of John William KILMISTER. He was born in 1843 in Oaksey but later lived in Ashton Keynes with his family until about 1851. The 1851 census has him living at Westham Farm on Somerford Road in Ashton Keynes. They then moved to Church Farm in Coate. I would love to have any information I can get on this individual. His father's name was John Kilmister, his father's wife's name was Mary Matilda (Vaisey) I'm not sure if she is his mother or not. He was born 8 years before they were married and there are no other children until after their marriage so I think she is his step mother. I am stumped, I am not sure if they were non-conformist's or not. His half brother who I am descended from emigrated to Canada and belonged to an Anglican church, but that is not conclusive.  If any one can help pelase contact me via the Contact Us Tab on the home page and selecting Research Requests.  TAMI BARNES (Family Snoop)

 

MORRIS - SALISBURY ST. EDMUND

I am trying to locate a baptism record for my ancestor who was named Samuel Morris. According to the record of his second marriage in Trinity, Newfoundland, his year of birth would be 1749. This same marriage record indicates that he was "of the Parish of St. Edmunds, Salisbury" although he had been living in Trinity from 1782 onwards. His second wife was 45 years younger than him so I suspect there was probably a very good reason for including this parish information - I just haven't worked out what it is yet! I know that this could mean that he had worked for at least 6 months in Salisbury instead of him being born there but I thought it best to start with finding/eliminating a birth/baptism record. I have looked at Bishops Transcripts but there is a gap at the critical point so I am wondering if you have access or know of anyone with access to the original parish baptism records. I have no idea who his parents may have been so I cannot link the Morris marriages around that time period to him.   LINDA MORRIS 

 

POPE - Liddington

I am trying to find to find any documentary evidence that the Pope family of Liddington, were in any way linked to the Pope family of Bishopstone (nr Shrivenham) and Potterne Wilts, in the 18th century. If anybody has researched Liddington families and are able to help, please get in touch via the OPC contact link on the home page. JOHN POPE

 

PURNELL - Sherston/Tetbury Gloucestershire

Am researching Edward Purnell born in Pinckney, Sherston Magna around 1821.  Am unable at this stage to confirm his parentage although we do know that his father was also Edward.  This is confirmed on the marriage certificate when Edward married Sarah Hardy in St. Margaret's, Westminster on 23rd January 1845.  The first three children of this marriages were all born in Gosnall, Staffordshire Edward the eldest being baptised there on 29th August 1847.  The 1851 and 1861 Census has Edward down as an Innkeeper at Oak Hill, Tetbury Gloucestershire.  If anyone can help determine who Edward's parents are or can help to take this line back further please contact me via the Contact Us link on the home page and selecting Research Requests from the drop down list.  VAL RUSHTON

 

SIMS - Alvediston

My family lived in Alvediston from 1898 until 1963. I would appreciate any knowledge of the Sims family.  My father was Tom Sims, my grandfather was Thomas Henry Sims, my uncle was Benjamin Sims and my aunt was Gwen Gillam.  KEITH SIMS

 

STEVENS - Ramsbury

Lucy Ann Stevens was born in Ramsbury in 1853, married Richard David Kenton in 1878 and died in Dover 1923.  Her father was Charles Edwin Stevens who was either in the military and served in India or was a farmer in Ramsbury and emigrated to Patagonia South America.  Either way, Lucy was of dark complexion.  If anyone is able to provide further information on this family, please contact JOHN POPE (OPC Bishopstone). Photograph (and one of an unknown sister) in the Ramsbury People Gallery.

 

Saturday, 28 January 2012 23:11

National OPC Schemes

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WELCOME TO THE NATIONAL NETWORK OF OPC SCHEMES

The idea of the Online Parish Clerk Scheme was the first conceived by researchers in Cornwall in 2001.  Since then several other counties have set up a scheme which have one aim in common - to gather together as much geneaology resources in one place listed parish by parish within the county.  The schemes are run by volunteers who freely give their time to administer, maintain and provide information for the site.  Schemes across the country may differ slightly in content but most will have listed parish records and census returns - the basics for the family historian.  Other sites may very well have more obscure yet interesting information available and most will contain lists of names or will paint a picture of the social scene of the period.

"Since Cornwall started this scheme in January 2001, other counties have adopted the idea, either from scratch or in conjunction with an earlier, similar scheme.  Use a search engine to find if the county you are interested in has a website if not listed below.
 
If an organisation asks for donations, it's sensible to find out whether or not it's a registered charity or if its accounts are audited."

Would OPC Co-Ordinators from other schemes who wish their link to be added to this page please contact Teresa Lewis

Also if you are interested in setting up a similar scheme for a county that isn't listed please contact Teresa Lewis for further information.

If anyone wishes to volunteer to help with any of the projects listed or to contribute material please contact the Adminitrator or Co-oprdinator for the individual scheme.  The OPC clerks of the Wiltshire scheme cannot help with queries for other projects.

Listed below are some of the county schemes that are up and running and more will be added as we become aware of them.

Established OPC Schemes

British Map

 Cornwall

 Devon

 Dorset

 Essex

 Hampshire

 Kent  

 Lancashire 

 Somerset

 Sussex

 Warwickshire

Saturday, 28 January 2012 22:59

One Name Studies

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This page is for research based on a single surname with Wiltshire connections

CHALK/CHALKE

Families based mainly around Salisbury, Downton, Wilton areas.   Interested in anyone else tracing these families, have some lines back to 1500’s. - For more information contact Nigel Chalk (OPC for Stratton St. Margaret) via the contact us tab at the top of the page

COLLET/COLLETT

With the kind permission of Brian Collett who has a website dedicated to this surname.  You may contact Brian via his website.
London, Russia and Canada Line (Includes the Rev. Collett of Bowerchalke)         Malmesbury & District Line               Melksham Line
Somerset and Wiltshire Line                  Wiltshire to Australia Line                       Wiltshire to New Zealand Line

GURD

Dot Gurd OPC from Donhead St. Mary is a member of the Guild of One Name Studies.  She has extensive entries for the Gurd and other associated families on her webpages.  Alternatively you may contact Dot via Contact Us tab at the top of the page.

GYNES

Anyone finding a GYNES in their family tree please contact David Gynes via the Contact Us tab at the top of the page. David would welcome your information on this surname

HAWKINS

If anyone has Hawkins connections in Wiltshire they may wish to visit Phil Hawkins Pages or if they have any information they could add please contact Phil via the contact us tab on the home page and selecting the One Name Studies Option

HENLY/HENLEY

If anyone has this surname in their family tree then please visit the Henly Family Tree Pages run by Clive Henly.  Alternatively please contact Teresa Lewis (Administrator) via the Contact Us tab at the top of the page

HOLLIDAY/HALLIDAY

Anyone researching the Holliday and variants surname may wish to contact Elizabeth Holliday via the Contact Us tab at the top of the page. Elizabeth has this surname registered with the GOONS (Guild of One-Name Studies) 

KINGMAN/KINGSMAN/KINSMAN

Anyone researching the Kingsman surname and its variants may wish to contact Derrick Watson via the Contact Us tab at the top of the page.  Derrick has this surname registered with the GOONS (Guild of One-Name Studies).

LEDIARD/LEDDIARD/LIDDARD/LIDDIARD/LIDIARD/LIDIATT/LIDYARD/LYDIARD/LYDYARD

Anyone researching the Liddiard and variants surname may wish to contact Karen Rogers via the Contact Us tab at the top of the page. Karen has this surname registered with the GOONS (Guild of One-Name Studies)

MERREDEW/MERRIDEN

Anyone researching the Merredew and variants surname may wish to contact Elizabeth Holliday via the Contact Us tab at the top of the page. Elizabeth has this surname registered with the GOONS (Guild of One-Name Studies)

MURSELL/MUSSELL/MUSSELLE

Anyone researching these surnames and other variants may wish to contact Sandy and Barry Mursell via the Contact Us tab at the top of the page or you may visit the GOONS website

POPE

Anyone researching this Surname in the parishes of Chiseldon and Liddington. Interested to see if there is any link (pre 19th cent) between these families and the Pope's of Bishopstone, Little Hinton and Potterne - Please contact John Pope (OPC for Potterne) via the contact us tab at the top of the page

PROCTER/PROCTOR

If anyone would like information on these surnames or would like to contribute further information please contact Robert Proctor (Rob06) via the Contact us tab at the top of the page selecting One Name Studies from the drop down menu

STRUGNELL

If anyone is researching this particular surname then please visit the Strugnell Family Tree Website

Saturday, 28 January 2012 22:57

Members Family Pedigrees - Updated 3rd November 2017

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Members Family Pedigrees

Family Trees will always remain the property and copyright of the submitter and can be removed at the owners request at anytime.

Personal details of living members should never be shown and will be privatised before uploading.

The tree should be submitted preferably as a gedcom format (document extension .ged).

To submit your family tree Contact Teresa Lewis who will convert and upload your family pedigree.

You may contact the tree owner if you think you may be related by clicking on the links. (If the link is broken please contact Teresa Lewis (Administrator) as soon as possible).

 

Submitters

Susan Attwood    (Contact Susan)

FOUND, Daniel 1818                 MOORE, Abraham 1755                  PALMER,Thomas 1650                 SKINNER, John 1782                WALLIS, William c1692

 

Jean Barnwell   (Contact Jean)

HOLCOMBE, Robert 1688

 

Dick Harding  (For Further Details Contact the Senior Administrator)

HARDING, William 1803

 

Teresa Lewis   (Contact Teresa)

HOLLOWAY, John c1750                   RUMBOLL, Jasper c1745

 

John Pope   (Contact John)

POOPE (POPE), John c1600

 

Ken Tuck  (For Further Details Contact the Senior Administrator)

AYRES, Edward 1667                SHORT, James 1816                 TUCK, William 1734