Dorset OPC Updates

Last Updated 20 February 2018

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Sue Merkle - Regretfully I have to advise that Sue passed away recently. Sue had fought a long battle with cancer and had been quite unwell for some time. Sue had been a long term supporter of the Dorset OPC Project (long before my involvement) and has provided invaluable help to researchers of Osmington and Poxwell. Sue will be greatly missed, and our condolences go to her family and friends. [18 April 2017].

Monumental Inscriptions Database - With three new files added for Fontmell Magna and Wimborne St Giles, the database now contains over 35000 entries. This is due to the hard work of many OPC volunteers, and of course the MI Database Co-ordinator, Mervyn Wright. If you are unfamiliar with the MI database, the files available online contain an index, and abbreviated details, the database maintained by Mervyn contains additional information, such as the inscriptions. Please contact Mervyn if you would like to discover more details about an entry that you find online here. Contact details are available on the Contacts Page.

Dorest PCC Admons - Kim Parker has now completed the mammoth task of not only indexing but also transcribing the PCC Admons for Dorset Residents (1559-1725). These are Admons granted by the PCC (which should mean that the individual had property in more than one parish, but it doesn't always work out like that). Not only are none of these PCC Admons already on the OPC site, but they are not available anywhere else online.. The Act Books are kept at the National Archives where they can be ordered to read in situ. They have not yet been indexed. Many thanks to Kim for this important and very helpful traanscription. The data has been split into five separate files, ordered by surname initial, A-C, D-I, J-P, R-T and U-Z.

OPCs - Bel Hounstout has volunteered to be OPC for Moor Crichel and its neighbour Witchampton. Bel is based in Dorset and already acts as admin for several Purbeck history based Facebook Groups. Welcome to Bel. Brian Longman has volunteered to be OPC for Hampreston, please welcome Brian. Victoria Gresham has volunteered to be OPC for Wimborne St Giles, a parish that has not previously had a dedicated OPC, a warm welcome to Victoria. Rachel Kent has decided to stand down as OPC for Dewlish, many thanks to Rachel for all of her help and contributions over the past years. Alex Nicole has resigned as OPC for Buckhorn Weston, many thanks to Alex for all of her help in the past. Theresa Rose has also volunteered to be the OPC for Burstock and Seaborough as well as Lyme Regis. Lyme has not been well covered in the past, so it is very encouraging that the town now has a dedicated OPC. Welcome Theresa. Ivan Gould has volunteered to be OPC for Coombe Keynes in addition to Wool and Winfrith Newburgh. Lyn Brown has decided to step down as OPC for Hinton Martell and Witchampton due to ill health. We wish Lyn well and thank her for her help in the last 18 months. If you are interested in volunteering to be an OPC please refer to the OPC Info page which is linked from the main index

Lookups - Unfortunately due to ill health Keith Searson will no longer be able to offer a look-up service at the Dorset History Centre for queries about parishes that do not have an OPC. I know many people have benefitted from Keith's valuable assistance in the past and we will miss this service. We wish Keith well in the future. Keith has advised that he will continue to act as OPC for Fleet and Langton Herring. Please note, Keith's email address (for Fleet and Langton Herring) has been changed.

Dorchester and Fordington Parishes - Due to the issues with Rootsweb, the Dorchester and Fordington parish pages have now been transferred to the main OPC site and are now available again. There may be some remaining issues with some links that are still connected to the old Rootsweb site but hopefully we will get these resolved in the near future (as far as I can tell all of the links from the main pages are resolved, the main outstanding area is from the Updates page. Thanks to Mike Russell for getting the information transferred quickly and efficiently [11 Jan 2018].

February 2018 (2502 records added this month)

GENERAL

PARISH REGISTERS & BISHOP'S TRANSCRIPTS
20th - Ibberton Baptisms 1841-1883 [PR][Jan Hibberd] (280 new records)
12th - Buckland Newton Burials 1853-1865 [PR][Jon Baker] (215 new records)
8th - Wool Marriage Banns 1913-1922 [PR][Ivan Gould] (538 new records)
7th - Wool Marriage Banns 1836-1912 [PR][Ivan Gould] (568 new records)
6th - Coombe Keynes Marriage Banns 1903-1932 [PR][Ivan Gould] (42 new records)

CENSUS
6th - Coombe Keynes 1861 Census [Ivan Gould] (163 new records)
6th - Coombe Keynes 1871 Census [Ivan Gould] (143 new records)
6th - Coombe Keynes 1881 Census [Ivan Gould] (129 new records)
6th - Coombe Keynes 1891 Census [Ivan Gould] (119 new records)

OTHER RECORDS

PARISH PAGE
3rd - Major update to Bere Regis Parish Page to restore broken external links [thanks to Jeff Ellis for alerting me to the breakages]

DORCHESTER & FORDINGTON UPDATES
6th - Fire of Dorchester - 4th March 1757(Kings Arms Inn)
4th - Militia List 1769 (Part only) for Dorchester (11 Records) and St Georges Fordington (1 )
3rd - Militia List 1778 for Dorchester (16 Records) and St Georges Fordington (9 Records - but these records also include names for many other surrounding parishes in the Dorchester sub division)
1st - Militia List 1777 for Dorchester (38 Records) and St Georges Fordington (11 Records - but these records also include names for many other surrounding parishes in the Dorchester sub division)
1st - Militia List 1776 part for Dorchester (13 Records) and St Georges Fordington (6 Records - but these records also include names for many other surrounding parishes in the Dorchester sub division)


Total number of individual records on site at end of January 2018 = 1,779,902

January 2018 (3359 records added this month)

GENERAL

PARISH REGISTERS & BISHOP'S TRANSCRIPTS
31st - Wool Burials 1895-1963 [PR][Ivan Gould] (797 new records)
31st - Wool Confirmations 1925-28 & 1941-43 [PR][Ivan Gould] (74 new records)
25th - Coombe Keynes Marriages 1837-1921 [PR][Ivan Gould] (116 new records)
14th - Ibberton Burials 1851-1988 [PR][Jan Hibberd] (325 new records)
7th - Hazelbury Bryan Baptisms 1777-1788 [PR][Jan Hibberd] (155 new records)

CENSUS
25th - Coombe Keynes 1911 Census [Ivan Gould] (109 new records)
25th - Coombe Keynes 1901 Census [Ivan Gould] (120 new records)
25th - Coombe Keynes 1851 Census [Ivan Gould] (154 new records)
3rd - Winterbourne Abbas 1901 Census [Wendy Warne] (170 new records)
1st - Cheselbourne 1851 Census [Wendy Warne] (408 new records)
1st - Cheselbourne 1871 Census [Wendy Warne] (407 new records)
1st - Cheselbourne 1881 Census [Wendy Warne] (350 new records)

OTHER RECORDS

PARISH PAGE
11th - Dorchester Parishes now on main site
11th - Fordington Parish now on main site

DORCHESTER & FORDINGTON UPDATES [External - Mike Russell]
29th - Poor Law Removal Orders (two new removal orders added)
28th - Militia List 1768 for Dorchester (48 Records) and St Georges Fordington (10 Records - but these records also include names for many other surrounding parishes in the Dorchester sub division)
26th - Update to The Life of Fortunatus FORDINGTON (b.1746) Transported to America for 7 years in 1773. (Further information added about his time serving in the Dorset Militia)
25th - Militia List 1767 for Dorchester (26 Records) and St Georges Fordington (8 Records - but these records also include names for many other surrounding parishes in the Dorchester sub division)
24th - Update to the Militia List 1766 for Dorchester and St Georges Parish in Fordington (Further information added about the parish of origin of substitutes and ref to whether a signature or mark on oath file)
23rd - Militia List 1765 for Dorchester (24 Records) and St Georges Fordington (7 Records - but these records also include names for many other surrounding parishes in the Dorchester sub division)
18th - Update to the Militia List 1764 for Dorchester and St Georges Parish in Fordington (Further information added about the parish of origin of substitutes and ref to whether a signature or mark on oath file)
18th - Update to the Militia List 1763 for Dorchester and St Georges Parish in Fordington (Further information added about the parish of origin of substitutes and ref to whether a signature or mark on oath file)
16th - The CHURCHILL Family of Colliton House, Dorchester and Muston Manor, Piddlehinton, Dorset - (59 Records with genealogical notes on family relationships)


Total number of individual records on site at end of December 2017 = 1,776,543


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