Monday, July 23, 2007

Welcome to Knightroots

Welcome to Knightroots: "Knightroots, a website on the Knight family and an online Hampshire genealogical resource. We are Linda and Tony Knight and live near Southampton, United Kingdom. We now have over 7000 names on our joint family tree. Our research interests include Hampshire, Dorset, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Sussex, Staffordshire and the Isle of Wight as well as Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Massachusetts and India.

One of the main features of this site is the online transcription section located in the Hampshire OPC section, designed to help other people searching for names in their family tree. We hope that you find this useful. Records are being added from our own resources, as well as transcriptions from other volunteers and donations of fiche. Please note that while some of the the transcriptions on this website are only partial transcriptions, there are some registers have been completely transcribed.

Viewing this data cannot ever replace checking the original data and from a verification point of view, researchers should ALWAYS endeavour to view original registers whenever and wherever possible. There is no overall index to the data and if you are unsure as to which Parish your ancestors may have come from, you may be helped by the baptism, marriage and burial indexes produced on cd by the Hampshire Genealogical Society"

Welcome to Knightroots: "During the course of our own research, we have regularly undertaken free look ups of Parish Registers at Records Offices as well as from our own collection of microfiche. In addition, we have transcribed thousands of other parish register entries and have now extended this into an 'Online Parish Clerk' (OPC) project which has been successfully run in several counties.

What this means is that as well as transcriptions completed by ourselves, we will also include entries from volunteer transcribers. Links to other transcription web sites will also be included as it seems a waste of energy to duplicate the great work already completed by others. We will also incorporate Village and Parish history and photographs. This is an entirely self financing project and we are paying for the hosting of what is a considerable amount of data on our knightroots web-space.

HOW CAN YOU HELP? This OPC exists solely for the benefit of Hampshire researchers such as yourself and the following are ways to assist the Hampshire OPC Project:

1. If you have a fiche reader (or access to one), you can buy parish register fiche from Hampshire Record Office to transcribe. As little as 30 minutes a week (more if you can spare the time) will make a good contribution. You may be able to choose a parish (or part of one), unless it has already been allocated. The transcriber gets full credit and copyright for the work. Alternatively, if you are near an LDS Family History Centre, you can transcribe from films there or from fiche at a local Record Office or Archive if accessible. If you are able to take part, we will send full transcription instructions and will allocate a parish to you. If you have a preference for a particular parish, please let us know.

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