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
Photos of 19th & early 20th Century Britain - Mail Online
1665 Plague Cause Discovered - BBC News
Top Genealogists in Court Battle - The Telegraph
Free Genealogy Groups and Rudeness Encountered - Bloggers Web Site
Google Searching Genealogy Tips - Family History Daily
Domesday Book Chapel Found in Wiltshire Garden - Mail-on-line
How many living cousins do you have - Find out here. - Mirror on-line
Jack London's View of London's East End 1902 - Daily Mail On-line
Bedlam Burial Site Unearthed and Researched - Now Here This, Timeout
Copy of the Magna Carter found in Kent Council Archives - Guardian
Jack The Ripper Revealed by DNA - Mail Online
Swindon - Four Generations Complete - Mail Online
Amesbury - Officially Britain's Oldest Town - Mail Online
Release of Criminal Records of Young Felons - Mail Online
Dustman Saving Discarded War Memorabilia - Mail Online
Article on Social Mobility and Employment - Independent
Handwritten WWI Soldiers Wills - Telegraph
WWI Tourism - Looking for your family hero - BBC
Article about infertility in men after WWI - Daily Mail
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.
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 Snake Adder
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.
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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)
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)
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)
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
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.
A2A Access to Archives - UK Archives Database
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
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)
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
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
Curious Fox - UK & Ireland Genealogy Message Boards
Cyndi's List - Wiltshire
Date an Old Photograph - by Roger Vaughan
Dictionary of Old Occupations - by Jane Hewitt
Documents Online - UK Archives - includes Military records & Wills
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
Genealogy Specialists - Free to use Forum for beginner and more established researcher
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
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 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 Monuments Record at English Heritage includes images of many Wiltshire locations
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)
A Peculiar or Independent Church - St. Lawrence Chapel Warminster
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
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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 Pages at GENUKI
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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
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
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. Than you. JOANNA MONIGATTI (JoMoni)
Ida Margaret Harnes married Albert Bissaker in Birningham in 1919. Daughter Joan was born i King's Norton in 1922. Albert Bissaker died in Birmingham in 1959. Sometime between 1922 and 1928 Ida is known to be living with Naylor Hughs with who she presumably has several children Gladys and James Harnes, Frederick, Margaret, William, Mary, Christina and Amy Bissaker the younger children being born in the Pewsey area. After the death of Naylor Hughes the children are split up some remaining with Ida, some going to a childrens home and James was sent to Australia aged 12 in 1939 under the name of Bissaker. No death nor further trace of Ida can be found. Neither can any trace of a birth for her be found although she is listed on the 1911 census as a 9 year old living with her parents Thomas Harnes (born Wrexham) and Elizabeth Maybury (born Leeds) and they married in Birmingham in 1900. Ida would have been born around 1902. If anyone can shed further light on this family please get in touch. TRACY KELLY
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)
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
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
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
Please take a look at the article on the Tytherton Kellaways parish page if anyone can help with further information about the Crook Family. BARRY HALLETT
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)
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
I am looking for Jacob Gaby married Elizabeth Heredge born Oxford. Married 11 Jan Westminster 1818. Children:- Frederick Gaby Born 1820 Albury Oxford ? - Sarah Ann Gaby Born 1821 ? - Jacob Thomas Gaby Born 1823 Westminster - Jacob Henry Gaby Born 1824 Westminster - Elizabeth Gaby Born 1825 Tower Hamlets; Married Thomas Spaull Married 17 Aug 1846 Jacob Gaby is on the marriage paper. Richard Gaby Born 1830 Westminster; Married Elizabeth Bowman Jacob Gaby is on the marriage paper. I would like to know is Jacob Gaby Born 17 Feb 1796 Bromham Wiltshire my Jacob. The Family Search Batch CO 5432-1 Father Jacob Gaby Mother Mary. I cannot Find this death and he is not on the census. There is a merchant seaman? I found last week. Gardener and Green grocers are on birth cert or married cert of the children. JOHN MANNING
Thomas Giles b.1760 Chilton married Hannah Bartholomew b1764 Great Bedwin in 1786 Great Bedwin children Mary b1787,William b1791, Phebe b1793, John b1799 and Zachariah b1802 all born Chilton. John my 3XGrandfather was sentenced to Death later commuted to Life and transported to Australia. He was tried in Hungerford, Berks. Would love any info on family. JAN HUMPHRIES
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
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)
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)
I am trying to find information about the wives of Humphrey Gunter born abt 1543 Kintbury. He was possibly married to Elizabeth Parvis, the daughter of Henry Parvis of Chilton Foliot. I have found Henry Parvis' will dated 1587; Humphrey is mentioned with two of his children, Ann and Humphrey. His second wife was Mary Creswell, married in 1611, one son was born named Thomas Gunter. Mary Creswell was the Ward of Lettice Knolly but I have not been able to establish which line of Creswell's she came from. I have found a large family group of Creswell's in the Berkshire/Wiltshire area. LINDA CERULLO
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
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
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
Our 2nd great grandfather is William Hughes. The only information we have on him is obtained from the birth certificate of his daughter Charlotte in 1862 who was born in Young, New South Wales. His occupation was that of a miner, born in 1828 somewhere in Wiltshire. Charlotte was one of five traceable children born to William and his wife Elizabeth Leonard (Lennard) who was from Kent. The children were born in several different gold fields around NSW. William and Elizabeth married in NSW on 15 July 1851. Unfortunately his marriage certificate does not include his parents' names - often in Australian records this omission indicates a convict, but once again I can find no record of him. He uses a mark to indicate his signature, so not of a family able to afford or value education. On consulting "Family Search"the LDS site, records of two William Hughes - one born in Chippenham 17 Nov 1828 and the other 15 June 1828 in Bromham are found. I find no definitive record of immigration. I realise this could be a 'needle in a haystack' search, but one is always hopeful.Since many men with this name immigrated to New South Wales or were transported during this period, I have no clues about how to proceed with my search. Any information about the Hughes family would be a great help. WENDY HOPE (wendyjhope)
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
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
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
I am trying to find information on Jane Sainsbury born 10 Jun 1829 Salisbury Wiltshire. All I know is that she is the daughter of Thomas Sainsbury as shown on the 1841 census and the mother of Alice Matilda Sainsbury born 10 Jan 1847 Shrewton Wiltshire. Although Alice was born Matilda Goodman (this was researched fully and this is definitely Jane's daughter). I would like to find out if Jane had any siblings. Any help would be appreciated greatly. MICHELLE RANCE
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
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.
I am stuck with three problems and wonder if you can help or give some advice. 1. John Strong born 1798 (place not known but poss. Wilts) married Sarah Green 1817 at Figheldean, Wiltshire. I would like to find his parents and hopefully further back to link John to my Thomas Strong. John was shown on his marriage as "of Enford". 2. Sydney Robert Strong, born 2 June 1865 at Enford. I found him in a London (Westminster) hotel in the 1901 census (window cleaner) but cannot find any 1911 record for him, nor any death record. Would love to know where he went! 3. Percival Arthur Strong, born 1903 in the Upavon area. Married Dorothy M Drewitt in 1958 Swindon district. Dorothy was born in 1904 (Melksham area). Percy died 1978 in the Swindon area. I would like to find the name of his mother (possibly no father listed). Many thanks for any help you can provide. I live on the Sussex coast so visiting Wiltshire to research is difficult. GRAHAM STRONG
I am looking for the baptism and parentage of Edward Webb who according to the 1851 census was born in Shalbourne circa 1785-1786. It is understood he married Jane Levy in 1807. There are Webb baptisms recorded in the Shalbourne parish register for that period but Edward is not among them. If anyone has further information that can help me I would really appreciate it. MARGARET CHALLICE
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.
Also if you are interested in setting up a similar scheme for a county that isn't listed please contact Susan Penter (Webmaster & Co-Ordinator) 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.
Yorkshire (commenced February 2013)
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
With the kind permission of Brian Collett who has a website dedicated to this surname. You may contact Brian via the contact us tab at the top of the page.
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
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.
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
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
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
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)
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).
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)
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)
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
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
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
If anyone is researching this particular surname then please visit the Strugnell Family Tree Website