The concept of an Online Parish Clerk (OPC), which originated in discussion on the CORNISH-L mailing list, involves identifying volunteers, one or more per Parish, who will act as a focus for gathering together transcriptions and name indexes related to that Parish (which are not already readily available elsewhere). The notion of Online Parish Clerks should in no way be confused with that of the official (i.e. Parish Council-appointed) Parish Clerks. All OPCs are unpaid volunteers who are willing to assist others in their genealogical research. (A listing of the various Online Parish Clerk schemes can be found here.)
For the Devon Online Parish Clerk scheme, submissions of indexes or transcriptions to an Online Parish Clerk should ideally cover one or (preferably) more complete pages of Parish registers, census records, land tax assessments, tithe apportionments, etc., rather than just name-specific extracts from such sources. The Online Parish Clerk then provides a lookup service, and/or makes this material available Online.
The term OPC as used here, refers to a repositor of genealogically related materials such as (but not limited to) Church register transcripts, land tax assessments and census information, and the OPC should in no way be confused with the County Council appointed Parish Clerks. All OPCs are unpaid volunteers who are willing to assist others in their genealogical research.
The One-Place Studies (OPS) scheme was initiated independently, and somewhat earlier, by John Dowding and Colin Mills. By analogy to the idea of a One-Name Study, the One-Place Study scheme involves volunteer(s) who are working actively to compile or produce complete transcriptions or name indexes of all the major extant sets of pre-1900 primary records of genealogical or historical relevance for a given Parish, ideally in its entirety, or at least for particular places, such as villages or hamlets, within that Parish. The OPS scheme can in fact be regarded as a variant or rather extension of the OPC scheme. An overall listing of known One-Place Studies is maintained by Alex Coles.
The present page, in addition to providing this co-ordinated description of the two schemes, brings the results of their activity together for the county of Devon by providing below a list of all the Devon parishes, with links to those Parish pages for which there is already an Online Parish Clerk or a One Place Study scheme set up.
The following organisational details apply to both the OPC and the OPS schemes. For convenience, from now on the term Online Parish Clerk is taken as also covering someone running a One-Place Study. After giving some general organisational points, we deal separately with Online Parish Clerks who make use of web pages, and those who operate solely by email.
Volunteers who are interested in becoming Online Parish Clerks for Devon, and/or in undertaking a One-Place Study for all or part of a Devon Parish, are asked to contact Deborah O'Brien who is kindly acting as co-ordinator of the Devon Online Parish Clerk scheme, in cooperation with the organisers of the overall One-Place Studies scheme, and assisting in ensuring that there is proper coverage of the results of both schemes in GENUKI/Devon.
At time of writing some 92 volunteers are on board, covering 193 Devon parishes. The listing below makes it evident which parishes are still lacking volunteers.
In the following list of all Devon's (ancient) parishes, links are provided to the pages for those parishes for which there is an Online Parish Clerk or a One-place Study scheme already in place. The relevant information can be found under "Genealogy" on such Parish pages.
Abbots Bickington, Abbotsham, Abbotskerswell, Alphington, Alverdiscott, Alwington, Arlington, Ashburton, Ashbury, Ashcombe, Ashford, Ashprington, Ashreigney, Ashton, Ashwater, Atherington, Aveton Gifford, Awliscombe, Axminster, Axmouth, Aylesbeare, Bampton, Barnstaple, Beaford, Beaworthy, Belstone, Bere Ferrers, Berry Pomeroy, Berrynarbor, Bickington, Bickleigh (near Plymouth), Bickleigh (near Tiverton), Bicton, Bideford, Bigbury, Bishops Nympton, Bishops Tawton, Bishopsteignton, Bittadon, Black Torrington, Blackawton, Blackborough, Bondleigh, Bovey Tracey, Bow, Bradford, Bradninch, Bradstone, Bradworthy, Brampford Speke, Branscombe, Bratton Clovelly, Bratton Fleming, Braunton, Brendon, Brentor, Bridestowe, Bridford, Bridgerule, Brixham All Saints, Brixham St Mary, Brixton, Broad Nymet, Broadclyst, Broadhembury, Broadhempston, Broadwoodkelly , Broadwoodwidger, Brushford, Buckerell, Buckfastleigh, Buckland Brewer, Buckland Filleigh, Buckland in the Moor, Buckland Monachorum, Buckland Tout Saints, Bulkworthy, Burlescombe, Burrington, Butterleigh, Cadbury, Cadeleigh, Calverleigh, Chagford, Challacombe, Chardstock, Charles (North Devon), Charleton, Chawleigh, Cheldon, Cheriton Bishop, Cheriton Fitzpaine, Chittlehampton, Chivelstone, Christow, Chudleigh, Chulmleigh, Churchstanton, Churchstow, Churston Ferrers, Clannaborough, Clawton, Clayhanger, Clayhidon, Clovelly, Clyst Honiton, Clyst Hydon, Clyst St George, Clyst St Lawrence, Clyst St Mary, Cockington, Coffinswell, Colaton Raleigh, Coldridge, Colebrooke, Colyton, Combe Martin, Combe Raleigh, Combeinteignhead, Combpyne, Cookbury, Cornwood, Cornworthy, Coryton, Cotleigh, Countisbury, Creacombe, Crediton, Cruwys Morchard, Cullompton, Culmstock, Dalwood, Dartington, Dartmouth St Petrox, Dartmouth St Saviour, Dartmouth Townstall, Dawlish, Dean Prior, Denbury, Diptford, Dittisham, Dodbrooke, Doddiscombsleigh, Dolton, Dotton, Dowland, Down St Mary, Drewsteignton, Dunchideock, Dunkeswell, Dunsford, Dunterton, East Allington, East Anstey, East Buckland, East Budleigh, East Down, East Ogwell, East Portlemouth, East Putford, East Stonehouse, East Teignmouth, East Worlington, Egg Buckland, Eggesford, Ermington, Exbourne, Exeter: Allhallows Goldsmith St., Exeter: Allhallows on the Wall, Exeter: Bedford Precinct, Exeter: Cathedral, Exeter: Heavitree, Exeter: Holy Trinity, Exeter: St David, Exeter: St Edmund, Exeter: St George, Exeter: St John, Exeter: St Kerrian, Exeter: St Lawrence, Exeter: St Leonard, Exeter: St Martin, Exeter: St Mary Arches, Exeter: St Mary Major, Exeter: St Mary Steps, Exeter: St Olave, Exeter: St Pancras, Exeter: St Paul, Exeter: St Petrock, Exeter: St Sidwell, Exeter: St Stephen, Exeter: St Thomas the Apostle, Exminster, Farringdon, Farway, Feniton, Filleigh, Fremington, Frithelstock, George Nympton, Georgeham, Germansweek, Gidleigh, Gittisham, Goodleigh, Great Torrington, Haccombe, Halberton, Halwell, Halwill, Harberton, Harford, Harpford, Hartland, Hatherleigh, Heanton Punchardon, Hemyock, Hennock, High Bickington, High Bray, Highampton, Highley St Mary, Highweek, Hittisleigh, Hockworthy, Holbeton, Holcombe Burnell, Holcombe Rogus, Hollacombe, Holne, Holsworthy, Honeychurch, Honiton, Horwood, Huish, Huntsham, Huntshaw, Huxham, Iddesleigh, Ide, Ideford, Ilfracombe, Ilsington, Instow, Inwardleigh, Ipplepen, Jacobstowe, Kelly, Kenn, Kennerleigh, Kentisbeare, Kentisbury, Kenton, Kilmington, Kings Nympton, Kingsbridge, Kingskerswell, Kingsteignton, Kingston, Kingswear, Knowstone, Lamerton, Landcross, Landkey, Langtree, Lapford, Lew Trenchard, Lifton, Little Torrington, Littleham (near Bideford), Littleham (near Exmouth), Littlehempston, Loddiswell, Loxbeare, Loxhore, Luffincott, Lundy, Luppitt, Lustleigh, Lydford, Lympstone, Lynton, Malborough, Mamhead, Manaton, Mariansleigh, Marldon, Martinhoe, Marwood, Mary Tavy, Marystowe, Meavy, Meeth, Membury, Merton, Meshaw, Milton Abbot, Milton Damerel, Modbury, Molland, Monkleigh, Monkokehampton, Monkton, Morchard Bishop, Morebath, Moreleigh, Moretonhampstead, Mortehoe, Musbury, Netherexe, Newton Ferrers, Newton Poppleford, Newton St Cyres, Newton St Petrock, Newton Tracey, North Bovey, North Huish, North Lew, North Molton, North Petherwin, North Tawton, Northam, Northleigh, Nymet Rowland, Oakford, Offwell, Okehampton, Otterton, Ottery St Mary, Paignton, Pancrasweek, Parkham, Parracombe, Payhembury, Pennycross, Peter Tavy, Peters Marland, Petrockstowe, Pilton, Pinhoe, Plymouth: Charles the Martyr, Plymouth: St Andrew, Plympton St Mary, Plympton St Maurice, Plymstock, Plymtree, Poltimore, Poughill, Powderham, Puddington, Pyworthy, Rackenford, Rattery, Revelstoke, Rewe, Ringmore, Roborough (North Devon), Rockbeare, Romansleigh, Rose Ash, Rousdon, Salcombe Regis, Sampford Courtenay, Sampford Peverell, Sampford Spiney, Sandford, Satterleigh, Seaton and Beer, Shaldon, Shaugh Prior, Shebbear, Sheepstor, Sheepwash, Sheldon, Sherford, Shillingford St George, Shirwell, Shobrooke, Shute, Sidbury, Sidmouth, Silverton, Slapton, Sourton, South Brent, South Huish, South Milton, South Molton, South Pool, South Tawton, Southleigh, Sowton, Spreyton, St Budeaux, St Giles in the Wood, St Giles in the Heath, St Marychurch, Staverton, Stockland, Stockleigh English, Stockleigh Pomeroy, Stoke Canon, Stoke Damerel, Stoke Fleming, Stoke Gabriel, Stoke Rivers, Stokeinteignhead, Stokenham, Stoodleigh, Stowford, Sutcombe, Swimbridge, Sydenham Damerel, Talaton, Tamerton Foliot, Tavistock, Tawstock, Tedburn St Mary, Teigngrace, Templeton, Tetcott, Thelbridge, Thornbury, Thorncombe, Thorverton, Throwleigh, Thrushelton, Thurlestone, Tiverton, Topsham, Torbryan, Tormoham, Totnes, Trentishoe, Trusham, Twitchen, Uffculme, Ugborough, Uplowman, Uplyme, Upottery, Upton Hellions, Upton Pyne, Venn Ottery, Virginstow, Walkhampton, Warkleigh, Washfield, Washford Pyne, Weare Giffard, Welcombe, Wembury, Wembworthy, Werrington, West Alvington, West Anstey, West Buckland, West Down, West Ogwell, West Putford, West Teignmouth, West Worlington, Westleigh (near Bideford), Whimple, Whitchurch, Whitestone, Widecombe in the Moor, Widworthy, Willand, Winkleigh, Witheridge, Withycombe Raleigh, Wolborough, Woodbury, Woodland, Woodleigh, Woolfardisworthy (East), Woolfardisworthy (West), Yarcombe, Yarnscombe, Yealmpton, Zeal Monachorum.
Last updated: 20 May 2013 - Brian Randell
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