As this is a work in progress, it is difficult for any one place to know what is available
where because the next day it changes as more is transcribed or digitised and uploaded!
Brian Randell already does more than most Genuki counties trying to keep the information
up to date but I think that he will be less than enthusiastic about checking regularly who
has uploaded what, where to save us the trouble. If you register for the subscription
site newsletters they do send updates about anything new data that they have uploaded; I
received one yesterday from Ancestry and today the regular Friday newsletter from FMP was
about new Warwickshire and Connecticut records if anyone is interested in those areas.
The link I passed to the document on the Devon Heritage website does say that all of their
digitised registers have been passed to FMP but at the time of writing (2014) only half
had actually appeared online. Only FMP knows the answer to why they aren't there yet
and when they will be. I enquired over a year ago about a record I had found on
FamilySearch that said it was on FMP but it wasn't and FMP acknowledged receipt of the
enquiry, didn't give an answer and the record is still not there! The Devon Heritage
Centre document provides a link to FMPs own list of parish availability.
The Devon Heritage Centre document also says
"Note also, that there are a number of parishes [roughly 10% of Devon parishes] for
which permission to digitise was initially refused by the incumbent, and these registers
were digitized under alternative arrangements to those which were put in place for the
majority of parishes. These digitized parish registers have now been made available on
the members’ area of the Devon Family History Society website. In order to use this site
you must be a member of the Devon Family History Society. We expect these registers to
appear online on Find My Past at a later date."
At the bottom of the document it then lists the parishes missing from FMP but on the FHS
website, the parishes missing from both FMP and the FHS and names the two parishes which
will not be included in digital format on Find My Past, because the incumbents did not
give permission for the registers belonging to those parishes to be digitized. For those
who cannot be bothered to read the document, the two parishes are Abbotsham and East
Here is the link again:
As I began researching my family history when you still had to visit the Record Centre and
scroll through microfilm, I am still delighted and pleasantly surprised about how much I
can find at the press of a button and, as a transcriber and OPC for the Cornwall OPC
database, eternally grateful for the volunteers who give up their time to make it easier
for us all. I know how tedious, tiring and sometimes really difficult it is puzzling over
a faded, spidery entry in antique script with a damp stain covering part of it.
From : abruce6155(a)gmail.com
Date : 29/09/2017 - 13:10 (GMTST)
To : devon(a)rootsweb.com
Subject : Re: [DEV] "If all the Devon baptisms were on FMP"
Since my quote got used as a title here, I should point out that I well
appreciate that there is no obligation to put anything online. Indeed, I
have always assumed that there isn't even an obligation to submit PRs to an
archive - up in Cheshire, we appear to have one ancient parish who still
retain their registers but, bless them, they arranged for the PRs to be
filmed and published on CD.
The only plea that I'd make would be that where a multiplicity of
repositories (on or off-line) exists, then we'd be very grateful to see,
for each parish in turn, an explicit statement of where the stuff is. That
was the nice discovery here, to find that in the GENUKI entries. (Although
I'm not sure that the GENUKI entries always mention FMP?)
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