I was surprised by your comments about the Devon OPC scheme below, so I’ve just Googled:
The top hit, immediately after paid advert for UK Register Online, was to the Devon OPC
And this lists and gives you links to all the parish pages’ genealogy sections that
contain details of an OPC - either their email address or a link to their OPC page.
(The Devon OPC scheme was one of the first OPC schemes to be set up, and was deliberately
set up so as to complement GENUKI, rather than to ignore it, and so it is one of the main
resources listed at the top of the GENUKI/Devon home page.)
HOWEVER - *different* users can get *different* results from Google, as it takes advantage
of what it already knows of the user’s past searches. So your experience may well
On 30 Oct 2019, at 23:24, Nancy Frey <ncanuck(a)gmail.com>
Your choice of subject for your post made the blood drain from my
face. My first thought, after the recent demise of the Yahoo! Groups
was "Oh no, not the OPCs as well". I'm OK now that I've read it.
I'm in the Somerset group and have tons of material I could upload,
but unlike other OPC Groups I am not allowed to do this myself and it
results in the information just sitting on my hard drive waiting for
me to get around to getting in touch with my co-ordinator who I
haven't heard from in years. That's if she is still around.
I always check for an OPC when I run into a lack of information online
and just recently sent eMails to two. One has not responded and the
other at least has the courtesy to eMail back to say she wasn't doing
much as an OPC and would get back to me. No time frame given.
There is one OPC that gets my admiration and all my contributions.
His name is Mike Russell and he is the OPC for Dorchester &
Fordington in Dorset. If you ever want to see what an OPC site should
look like, have a look at his. Dorset has a gateway site
) to all or their OPC pages and I use them
so frequently I have Dorset OPC on my search banner.
Somerset OPC has one as well, but I seldom use it. Have a look at
. You have to read through a ton of garbage
before you finally get to the page where the OPCs are listed only to
find the area you want isn't covered. Going on to my page for Ansford
the first link I clicked on was broken. None of the material on that
page is what I submitted to be uploaded and all of my data went
missing years ago when they updated their website.
And finally, if I Google Devon OPC I get various citations, mostly
confusing and some erroneous. No direct link to a site which will
redirect me to where I already know I need to go. But then I'm not a
newby, and I'm not clairvoyant. In order to find an OPC for a given
Devon parish you must first go to the relevant GENUKI page for that
So when I am searching in Devon, the only place I go is Brian
Randell's magnficent GENUKI Devon project. And when Brian updates me
every month on what he has added, I instantly check out anything of
Perhaps that answers your question of why DFHS and its members don't
promote the Devon OPC Project. It is hidden in GENUKI. Maybe DFHS
and/or its members don't even know its there, lol. (can't add an
emoji in plain text)
Windsor, ON, Canada
OPC for Ansford & Castle Cary, Somerset
On Wed, Oct 30, 2019 at 12:01 PM Wayne Shepheard <wshepheard(a)shaw.ca> wrote:
> In many recent email messages to Devon-L I have noticed that researchers
> are not as acquainted with the OPC program as they used to be. What is also
> apparent is that experienced genealogists and members of DFHS do not offer
> newbies and others any information about what data OPCs might have.
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