The Online Genealogical Index (aka OGI) helps researchers avoid wasting time when looking at incomplete resources or by manually searching multiple sites to find the required records.
The OGI began as a spreadsheet in January 2012 and currently has over 385,000 links to vital record data (birth, baptism, marriage, death, burial) as well as school records, graveyard headstones, war memorials, family pedigrees and more. Its creator is Tim Manners, enthusiastic online genealogist who was frustrated with subscription sites selling access to resources which were free elsewhere. The OGI is a collection of direct links to online genealogical data (names, places and dates) sorted by place (in England and Wales) Around two thirds of these are free for the general public, the other third are free at any LDS Family History Centre (https://familysearch.org/locations) or to those with subscriptions to Ancestry, findmypast, or My Heritage*
As of October 2014, the OGI is online thanks to the technical skills and enthusiasm of David Sheppard, a lifelong family friend. The Online Genealogical Index will always be free as a resource for researchers. Users of the OGI are invited to consider donating a small amount if they find the index to be useful. This helps offset the cost of hosting the site.
* LDS Church members now have free access to Ancestry, findmypast and My Heritage by visiting this site: https://familysearch.org/partneraccess