Online Parish Clerk

What is Online Parish Clerk?

clip_image002[8]Online Parish Clerk was created in 2000 over a pint of beer in a pub in Cornwall by Michael McCormick, David Stick, and Paul Brewer. They envisaged a scheme whereby a person would take charge of a county and enlist volunteers who would adopt a parish and then proceed to transcribe any and all the documents that would be useful to family historians researching ancestors from that parish. The resulting transcripts and information would then be place online with each county having a separate website.

What is the coverage of Online Parish Clerk?

Not all counties are covered by Online Parish Clerk and the overall coordinators for the whole scheme are always looking for people to take on counties not yet covered. The counties that are covered are

Cornwall Cumberland Devon
Dorset Essex Hampshire
Lancashire Leicestershire  
Kent Somerset Sussex
Warwickshire Westmoreland Wiltshire


What can you find on Online Parish Clerk?

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The list of items that have been indexed,  transcribed and place online is almost endless. Parish registers, Bishops Transcripts, Wills, Indexes, Bastardy Bonds, War Memorial lists, Monumental Inscriptions, and much more.

Taking the parish of All Cannings, Wiltshire, including the hamlet of Allington, as an example this is what is offered online

  • 3 x photographs of All Saints Church & Allington Bethal Strict Baptist Chapel
  • A list of Contiguous Parishes
  • A link to six external websites which have information on All Cannings
  • Three wills of parishioners of All Cannings
  • Knights Compositions 1628
  • Poll of Freeholder 1772
  • Bastardy Examinations 1865 – 1878
  • Casualties of WW1
  • Where the original parish registers are held and for what time period
  • Transcripts of Baptisms 1578 – 1680, 1689 – 1812
  • Marriages 1578 – 1685, 1700 – 1812
  • Banns 1755 – 1805
  • Burials 1578 – 1812
  • Notes from parish registers 1578 – 1848
  • Monumental Inscriptions from the Strict Baptist chapel

It can be seen that a wide range of records have been transcribed for this parish.

If your county and parish are covered by the online parish clerk scheme then I recommend that you take a look and see what is on offer.

For a more in-depth lesson on using the Online Parish Clerk go to the Madaboutgenealogy sister site at