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AlanOnTheWirral 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.


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.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid 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 08:15

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


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




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


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.


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.


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.



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?