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Elaine Report 26 Apr 2013 02:55

I have been absolutely spoiled by the amount of info on Lancs OPC,and just how simple it is to find it,even for me!
Till I get word back re another relative,I am taking a look at my grandmas line,which comes from Cheshire and Staffordshire.
I googled OPC for both of them,but couldn't find anything that remotely resembled the Lancs one.
Does anyone know if something similar IS available for Cheshire and Staffs...and if not,can you make any suggestions where to look?


LindaB Report 26 Apr 2013 03:22

Cheshire Parish Database Project Elaine although somewhat limited to areas..

Also Cheshire Wills online...

Staffordshirebmd post 1837...

Just a suggestion...I would also google local libraries..some have an archives section ie parish records etc. Libraries usually give a contact email address...always worth checking.



mgnv Report 26 Apr 2013 03:45

Similar to
For some subdistricts, they also give the mum's maiden surname on births pree-1911, and age at death pre-1866, so they're a useful supplement to the GRO index on, say, FreeBMD.
(They also say who wed whom pre-1912, and name the church if it were a C of E marr.)

It's also worth checking:®ion=UNITED_KINGDOM_IRELAND
They have some special collections of Cheshire parish transcriptions (but no images).
Incidentally, there are some Greater Manchester transcriptions and images under:
England, Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Parish Registers, 1603-1910
This collection is only partly indexed, but if you've got the church and the entry # (as the last bit of the ref from LancsBMD), then it's easy to browse for marr images if they're there, even if they've not been indexed.


CupCakes Report 26 Apr 2013 05:00

Lancashire OPC is unique pre 1837 records and as it is free it is a wonderful site.

There is no equivalent one for Cheshire how I wish - the one started has never really got off the ground

Have been chatting with them for year - they are always at the exhibitions
From all those listed, to be honest I only use Lancs, Cheshire and Staffs
mgnv has listed their direct url links above

I subscribe to the mailing list because gradually they are adding all the mothers names against the birth records and I take note of which places have been updated.

Have over the years managed to solve some real mysteries.


CupCakes Report 26 Apr 2013 05:27

For burials another good free lookup site

Purchase credits to download the burial register entry

Hope this info is helpful


Porkie_Pie Report 26 Apr 2013 08:04

NS, Nice to see you add posts with useful info and links to other resources

For NS an example for Cheshire

County Cheshire
Place Chester
Church Parish of Tarporley
RegisterNumber 1083
BaptismDate 03 Nov 1807
Forename Richard
Sex M
FatherForename John
MotherForename Mary
FatherSurname PEERS
Abode Liverpool
FatherOccupation Grocer
FileNumber 30615




Elaine Report 26 Apr 2013 08:15

Thankyou very much everyone...will try those later when on's so fiddly on iPad!(plus,it writes words you didn't! Lol)
I agree,Lancs OPC is brilliant.....I have much admiration for those people who painstakingly went thro records to make such a comprehensive list......thankyou all,wherever you are.
I only tried to copy details from a film once,a couple of months ago,in Dublin....what a fiasco!!
Some of the pages were so faded,the writing was near the colour of the paper,and the ones that were clearer,were very difficult to decipher.
Plus,as they were RC records,majority were in Latin!
So I appreciate transcribers even more now!
Elaine. <3


JoyDean Report 26 Apr 2013 08:19

You could have a look in
Online parish clerks AKA OPCs

in case there is any information in that thread.

Happy hunting.


Elaine Report 26 Apr 2013 08:27

Thnx Joy...didnt think to look at threads on here,I don't have much experience to help the time I have looked something up,ready to answer a query,there are already half dozen replies up there!
Re my own family,.I like to have a wander round myself,before I ask for help tracing someone....passes many an hour,and keeps the old grey matter working!
Btw,how can I put my FB profile pic on here?
Don't know about you,but I would rather see someone,when having a conversation with them.


Alan Report 26 Apr 2013 08:37

It's nice to read of appreciation to LanOPC rather than critics lambasting transcribers for (to be fair) some bad translations of poor handwriting.


JoyDean Report 26 Apr 2013 08:39

You're welcome :)

Click on ACCOUNT at the top of the screen, then scroll down to Profile Picture - good luck with doing it :)


Reggie Report 26 Apr 2013 08:48

To find out about the various OPC's, go to UKBMD.............look at the menu to the left and click on OPC


Elaine Report 26 Apr 2013 09:04

Thankyou all for the info.
You are welcome Alan....people shouldn't knock transcribers till they've tried to do it themselves!


Elaine Report 26 Apr 2013 09:29

Joy..just noticed you are researching McCuskers.,Fermanagh and Galway.
There wouldn't be any in Armagh would there?
Reason I ask,a friends mummy was a McCusker before marriage.
They are a very musical family..some of her brothers formed a Band,which used to play on Radio Eirrean.
My daughter works with one of their nephews,who also teaches Irish Traditional music to youngsters.


Potty Report 26 Apr 2013 13:03

You could try freereg for Staffs (; it seems to have a fair amount of transcriptions. Not very many for Cheshire though.


Elaine Report 26 Apr 2013 19:40

Potty...i just clicked on that link and it said "not found" you know if its been moved anywhere?


Elaine Report 26 Apr 2013 19:42 your Border Collie pic. :-)


SylviaInCanada Report 26 Apr 2013 20:24

I have to say, I love Lancs OPC ............ I get lots of information from it.

and Lancs bmd is also helpful, often providing the mother's maiden name well before any other site, thus helping to confirm that I am dealing with the correct family.

free reg ................. I have problems with!

I think I have found something on there just once out of hundreds of searches :-(

They just haven't got to any of my areas or names yet.

One very silly sounding thing that you can do Elaine, is to Google the name you are looking for.

It is amazing what you can find that way.

I found the marriage of one of OH's ancestor's back in the early 1700s in an obscure parish register, copied way back when and put on the web about 10 years ago!

I had to search through hundreds of pages to find out why the name had been picked up by Google ................... passing hundreds of references to the same surname.

I must get back some time to check those other names .............. they are probably related!


Elaine Report 26 Apr 2013 22:10

hahaha...I thought there was only me daft enough to do that!(google the name!)


SylviaInCanada Report 27 Apr 2013 00:14


I'm just as daft!!